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... but not for first responders. Chris Abele has interesting priorities. (Or maybe he just thinks that paramedics, like paying taxes, parking tickets, and drunk driving citations... are just for little people.)

 

Milwaukee County would end its $3 million annual payment toward local paramedic programs, under a cut County Executive Chris Abele says he'll include in his 2012 budget.

Abele announced his intention to eliminate the payments to municipal fire departments as part of his plans to fill a projected county shortfall of up to $55 million during a meeting Monday with municipal leaders from the county...County Supervisor Mark Borkowski, the chairman of the county Emergency Medical Services Council, said he was gathering support from other supervisors, as well as local mayors and fire chiefs, to resist Abele's plan.

"This county executive is totally clueless" by calling for the paramedic spending cut just a day after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Borkowski said. The paramedic program has been a model program with a long history of county support, he said.

 

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