Budget Committee to Vote on Residency Change

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is scheduled to vote on whether to eliminate requirements on Wisconsin municipal workers to live in the cities where they work.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed eliminating any requirements statewide. But opponents say it was primarily targeting Milwaukee, which requires all city and school district employees to live in the city.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee was expected to vote on a compromise plan Thursday. Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says it likely will allow employees to live a certain distance outside the city boundaries, but face a penalty if they do.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other local city officials have been vocal in opposing elimination of the residency requirement.

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