While I run a business that I intentionally decided to locate in the City of Milwaukee, I am not a resident of Milwaukee County. So whether or not Milwaukee County Board Supervisors are paid a full time salary for a part time job has no direct impact on me. What interests me is the way in which the controversy has become a liberal/conservative issue. For the most part, it is folks on the left who want Board members to be paid a fairly decent salary for make work.
stop for a moment. I will not take seriously anyone who tries to tell
me that the job of a County Board Supervisor is full time. Too many
people - of all political persuasions - have done an apparently adequate
job of serving on the board while remaining gainfully employed in some
other way. One can certainly use a position on the board to enable one
to engage in free floating political activism claimed to be for the
"benefit" of county residents. But that doesn't mean that it requires
forty hours each week to do those things that the County Board must do.
Of course, some people may believe that "activist" supervisors are a good thing. There
lies your conservative/liberal breakdown. If you believe that the
county government should do more and that people in Milwaukee County
need more of what politics can bring, then creating more politicians -
people who do politics for a living - might be a good thing. A part-time board
may be more likely to stick to knitting and work for a County
government that does less. The kind of board members that a part-time
salary attracts - because they must earn a living doing something else -
may be less likely to see the world as something to be ordered by
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin.