Walker supports bill affecting Milwaukee County Board

CREATED Apr. 9, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he supports a bill that would reduce the authority of the Milwaukee County Board and require a vote next year on cutting salaries for county supervisors in half.

Walker served eight years as Milwaukee County executive and frequently clashed with the board before being elected governor in 2010.

On Tuesday, Walker said voters deserve a chance to vote on the issue and he is encouraging the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass the measure.

The Republican-sponsored bill would reduce the board's resources and authority, increase the power of the county executive and require a binding referendum next year on cutting supervisor salaries in half.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill April 16.