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A prominent Democratic lawmaker wants to shake up the Milwaukee County Executive’s office.

State Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee announced Monday that he will challenge incumbent Chris Abele in April.

The election promises to be competitive.

Larson announced his bid outside his childhood home in Greenfield. Flanked by his parents, wife and two small children, Larson said he’s been mulling his decision for months.

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele gave his budget address Wednesday. He picked both a location and an audience for the speech that have not been the norm.

Every Milwaukee County executive must propose next year's budget by October 1. So for years, execs delivered the budget at the county board's September meeting, in the courthouse.

But Wednesday, Chris Abele outlined his plan for 2016 at the Pritzlaff Building downtown.

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With the state budget complete, cities and counties are set to begin work on their fiscal plans for the coming year.  The City of Milwaukee holds a preliminary budget hearing later this week.

At the County level, the budget process will play out with new leadership. Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb was recently elected to chair the board, replacing Marina Dimitrijevic.

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Besides weakening Wisconsin's open records law, other last-minute items Republican legislators inserted into the proposed state budget on Thursday include allowing a seven-day work week and requiring municipalities with water and sewer utilities to service neighbors who need it.

Milwaukee County supervisors hope the public takes note of another addition. It would transfer more power to the county executive, including authority over county land along Milwaukee's downtown lakefront.

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Milwaukee County has been grappling for years with how to handle problems with its pension program.

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While the county board refused to sell O'Donnell Park on Thursday, the board agreed to sell the nearby transit garage, for development of a high-rise.

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Earlier this week, hundreds of people turned out at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a public hearing on the proposed Milwaukee County budget for the coming fiscal year.  

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The past few years have been challenging budget times for municipalities around Wisconsin – and, it should be said, many places around the country.

But as Milwaukee’s city and county leaders consider proposed budgets from the mayor, and county executive, respectively, an independent analysis gives those budgets largely positive reviews. 

The analysis comes from the non-partisan Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, and forum president Rob Henken spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about them.

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele officially presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The budget amounts to $1.3 billion. 

There was a break in tradition this year; the address was delayed. 

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People packed the Nicolet High School cafeteria Wednesday evening to consider three Estabrook Dam alternative plans - repair, remove or a hybrid.

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The Estabrook Dam has been a fixture on the river since the 1930s. Today, it is mired in debate.

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With fall approaching, local lawmakers will be crafting their budgets for the coming year.

    

With only a few days left before the August 12 primary, special interests are pouring money into the race for Milwaukee County Sheriff. 

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Thousands of Wisconsin voters will find referenda on their ballots in November, including in Milwaukee.

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