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Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) Should Support Metropolitan Milwaukee

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce is backing the wrong horse in the MATC board Senate Bill

It is time for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) to be serious about supporting Metropolitan Milwaukee. The MMAC support of Senate Bill 275 is a case in point. The Republican Party is not a friend of Milwaukee, and the MMAC, if it is serious about working more closely with MATC, should have taken their case to all of the Senators who represent the MATC District, after discussing options with the MATC Board itself.

The Republican's agenda is to further reduce the power of the citizens of the MATC district, especially those pesky minorities and unions. The MMAC's agenda, I would hope, is to work more closely with the MATC board so that the 100 years of successful preparation of a regional workforce continues to be responsive to changing conditions. (Unless MMAC's agenda is also intended to disenfranchise citizens).

Here is why MMAC is supporting the wrong Senators. There are sixteen technical college districts in Wisconsin. Only the Milwaukee Area Technical College Board makeup and selection process are addressed by Senate Bill 275. Here are the Senators who introduced the bill (with their home towns and Technical college districts in their home towns.)

Senator Grothman ( R-West Bent, Moraine Park Technical College)

Senator Cowles (R-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College)

Senator Darling (R-River Hills, Milwaukee Area Technical College)

Senator Galloway (R-Wausau, Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College)

Senator Lasee (R-De Pere, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College)

Senator Lazich(R-New Berlin, Waukesha County Technical College)

Although pieces of Senators Grothman's and Lazich's Senate Districts reach into the Milwaukee Area Technical College District, only Senator Darling actually lives in the district. Contrast the above list with the list of State Senators who actually live within the Milwaukee Area Technical College District

Senator Coggs (D-Milwaukee)

Senator Carpenter (D-Milwaukee)

Senator Darling (R-River Hills)

Senator Larson (D-Milwaukee)

Senator Taylor (D-Milwaukee)

Senator Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)

This is the group of senators who should be representing MATC in Madison and this is the group that MMAC should be dealing with if they are serious about their commitment to MATC. The Republicans have blind sided MMAC by politicizing this process.

This is just another tragedy as a result of the Walker/Fitzgerald/ALEC administration that continues to damage our State. It is time for those who have traditionally supported Republicans, such as the MMAC, to step back and see what they have created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published

March 5, 2012 - 12:07am

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