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State Senate to vote on cutting power, salaries of Milwaukee County Board

The interior of the Wisconsin State Senate.
The interior of the Wisconsin State Senate.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin senators will decide Tuesday whether the Milwaukee County Board should go on a diet.

The state Assembly passed a measure last week that would reduce the Board’s authority, increase the county executive’s power, and call for a binding referendum on cutting supervisors’ salaries by about half.

Former Milwaukee County Board member Joe Sanfelippo proposed the measure soon after he joined the Assembly in January. His Republican colleagues supported his bill, saying the Board should not be micro-managing county government so much.

Democrats say the bill is a slap to local control, and other counties could end up feeling the Legislature’s wrath in the future.