Milwaukee Common Council votes to fund community disparity study

The Milwaukee Common Council voted Friday to adopt an amendment that will spend $500,000 on a new community disparity study.

The amendment is lead by Alderman Russell Stamper. Alderman James Bohl Jr. is a co-sponsor.

Stamper says it’s important for the city to have guidance on how to stop the problem of high unemployment rates for African-Americans in Milwaukee.

The law will also add five additional police positions in the class of 2018.

“If one part of the city is unhealthy, the whole part of the city is unhealthy,” said Stamper.

Other Aldermen and Alderwomen spoke about Milwaukee being listed as one of the worst cities in the country for Black Americans to live.

Alds. Jose Perez, Michael Murphy and Terry Witkowski voted against the amendment.

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