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Mayor Barrett previews 2019 State of the City Address

Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-10 20:30:32-04

MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds are expected to pack into Fiserv Forum for Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2019 State of the City address. It’s an opportunity for the mayor to outline some of the goals and challenges Milwaukee is facing, as well as celebrate the progress made.

“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Milwaukee and the things going on here,” said Mayor Barrett.

Tomorrow the Mayor will touch on topics relating to jobs in low income areas, issues with the health department, to crime across the city. Mayor Barret said there has been a decrease in fatal and non-fatal shootings along with a seven percent decline in car jackings.

“Our number of shootings went down to one of the lowest numbers we have seen in years. At the same time we recognize there is more work to be done,” said Mayor

In the mayor's preview speech, he touched on the library and the important role it plays in shaping the youth. This year the library is launching a career online high school program. Mayor Barrett said 2019 is the year to direct full attention to investing in Milwaukee’s youngest residents by making sure they have the tools nessessary to succeeed and thrive.

“It’s part of our commitment to make sure every Milwaukee child is ready to learn by kindergarten,” said Mayor Barrett.

The Mayor also thanked Alderman Bob Donovan for his 20 years of service and answered questions on the 2020 Democratic National Convention. He said he is not sure when a decision will be made, but he has been answering follow up questions with officials.

“ I thought it was going to come pretty soon, but it can’t be long. We are very patient. I started looking at this in 2013 and that was before the Fiserv Forum and before the hotels that we have. So we have come a long way and I think that’s what put us in this position we are in now,” said Mayor Barrett.

The address will start at 8:30 a.m., Monday morning. We will livestream the event on TMJ4’s Facebook page.