Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn on Friday blasted Gov. Scott Walker for being anti-urban and the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee for “gratuitous” decisions that killed a community policing grant for the Milwaukee Police Department and set in motion the departure of the State Crime Lab from Milwaukee.
In an expansive interview with the Journal Sentinel that touched on a variety of city topics, Flynn said the governor and the Republican-dominated Legislature seemed bent on hurting the city.
“I don’t know of a governor anywhere in the country who succeeded in turning his state’s economy around by actively facilitating the decline of his biggest city,” Flynn said. “This isn’t like, bad things are happening in Milwaukee and I can’t stop it. This is, can I put another stick in the eye of Milwaukee on another issue?”
“It’s certainly not good government,” he added. “There’s 600,000 people here. It’s not smart economic policy.”
I agree with Flynn and with former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist that “Without Milwaukee, Wisconsin is basically Iowa.”