During Walker’s eight-year tenure, county residents have the seen the takeover of the county welfare office and call center, the House of Corrections, the nationally-recognized health care program, GAMP -- for the low-income and homeless -- and an economic development office was turned over to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by Governor Doyle. Walker has proposed eliminating county government completely, urged the state to take over the county court system, offered up privatizing the successful and income-generating Milwaukee County airport, and contracted with courthouse security and prison transport companies who knowingly employed perpetrators of sexual assault.
That’s on top of gross negligence at the Mental Health Complex throughout his eight years that has led to deaths by starvation and patients becoming victims of sexual assault. Walker has steadfastly refused to fire his administrator in charge of the complex.
Years of county mismanagment leads to unprecedented state takeover of Milwaukee County food aid, child care and medical assistance programs
State Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake said “…Sustained inability to successfully provide Income Maintenance program services to its residents, resulting in the deprivation of food assistance, eligibility for medical care, and assistance with subsidized childcare to thousands of Milwaukee County residents.”