Saturday, July 30, 2005

Wasting Taxpayers' Money

Peg Lautenschlager's announcement that she is holding informational hearings on eminent domain around the State shows how out of whack her priorities are.

I'm also concerned about the effect the federal Court’s ruling involving a Connecticut lawsuit will have on private property rights. But it's a waste of time for the Wisconsin Attorney General to hold informational hearings on eminent domain when the hearings will have no effect on the Court’s decision. The expenditure of any money on the hearings at a time when the State budget is so tight simply can not be justified. It’s a complete waste of money on hearings that have no purpose – other than political. The Attorney General should release the detailed cost of the hearings, including for staff time and other expenses. Citizens want the Attorney General to focus the resources and power of the Department of Justice on areas of pressing concern in Wisconsin, such as election integrity and gun violence.

The AG’s priorities should be on the issues that matter. If she wants to hold hearings, she should come to Milwaukee and hold them at the spot where our latest young person was gunned down in a senseless homicide. Of all the issues to focus on, she chooses a US Supreme Court ruling that has already been decided and that involved another State. While that ruling has an effect on Wisconsin, holding informational hearings on it is a waste of time and taxpayer money. It’s clear what she’s up to. This is a headline grab designed to get her positive press for her re-election campaign.

AG Lautenschlager on Tuesday announced the dates and locations of four hearings around the state in Janesville, Wausau, Oak Creek, and Eau Claire. Those sites are conveniently within the state’s major media markets.