MPS referendum a big risk

Alan Borsuk writes an interesting piece in today’s Journal Sentinel about a very possible MPS referendum on the city of Milwaukee April 2020 ballot.

Convincing people to raise their property taxes is never easy. One reason MPS has stayed away from a referendum for so many years is the opinion that, especially in a city with high poverty, increasing taxes is bad.

It’s also hard to talk to people who don’t have school-age children into voting yes on school referendums. Only about a third of the households in Milwaukee include children 18 or younger, according to census data.

And there’s that factor so many kids in the city are going to schools outside of MPS. Will “what’s in it for my kids?” be a question some parents ask?

It’s a well-thought out article.

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