The Milwaukee Common Council has voted to spend $500,000 on a new community disparity study for the city.Ald. Russell W. Stamper II, the lead sponsor of the amendment, urged his fellow aldermen to support it, saying the study would help address Milwaukee’s racial inequalities. He repeatedly noted that Milwaukee is considered the worst place in the country for African-Americans.”This is a small price to pay for what we would achieve as a city,” Stamper said. “We have to move now. Stop complaining and let’s work together.”The disparity amendment was the first aldermen passed as they took up the city’s 2018 budget Friday, in what is expected to be a long day of debate on the unpopular spending plan.Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget proposal included eliminating 33 police officer positions and 75 firefighter positions and closing six fire stations. More: Milwaukee finance committee makes a raft of changes to Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget More: Six Milwaukee fire stations set to close under Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2018 budget The amendment passed 12-3, with Alds. Michael Murphy, Jose Perez and Terry Witkowski voting against it.The disparity study would examine the extent to which minority-and-women owned businesses participate in contracts with the city when it comes to construction,… Read full this story
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