The Milwaukee County Board made several controversial decisions Thursday. The majority voted to dismiss county attorney Kimberly Walker. There was no discussion, but several supervisors stated afterward that they had lost confidence in her neutrality. She was appointed by County Executive Abele. He lobbied to reduce the board’s power.
The Wisconsin Claims Board is denying a $160,000 claim from Wisconsin & Southern railroad company. It says it began preparing its tracks for a high-speed rail extension in 2010 - without a contract, because former Gov. Jim Doyle wanted to move ahead quickly with the project. When Scott Walker became Governor in 2011, he rejected the money the federal government had awarded Wisconsin to expand high-speed rail, killing the plans.
The claims board has decided the state is not liable for reimbursing the railroad firm for the work it performed, because no contract existed.
We travel to central Wisconsin to learn about the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. Then, Milwaukee Magazine surveys all the national lists Milwaukee shows up in, and finds some contradictions. A local music shop prepares to celebrate National Music Day by letting you try any instrument you want, and the 5th annual Okka Fest celebrates free jazz.