Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here are tonight’s topics on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – MPS LAYOFFS.
Hundreds of young MPS teachers get layoff notices. Is it wise for one of the worst school districts in the country to layoff so many teachers? Is this all just a negotiating tactic being put into action by MPS to force the union to accept a lower cost health care plan? Or, is the district simply adjusting to economic realities? Is it fair that the young teachers are laid off while those with seniority keep their jobs, or is “last hired-first fired” simply the way it works in a unionized environment? Has this union helped or hurt MPS? Will the union end up accepting the lower cost health plan as a trade-off for doing away with the residency clause? Will this complicate the honeymoon period of the new superintendent, who starts July 1st ?
2 – OBAMA / BP.
Is President Obama to be praised for getting BP to set aside $20 billion dollars top address the gulf oil spill problems? His oval office speech isn’t drawing a great deal of praise. Does he come across as too weak and too cerebral? After two months of the oil gushing into the water, has he been too late to make this an urgent matter? Often presidents are judged by how they react to a crisis that wasn’t their fault and that is beyond their control (e.g. Hurricane Katrina, the Challenger explosion, 9-11, etc.) How do you judge Obama so far on his reaction to this disaster?
3 – DOYLE / MORGAN / UW.
Michael Morgan, Governor Doyle’s Secretary of the Department of Administration, has landed a $245,000 a year job (about twice what he makes now) as the