Thursday, August 03, 2006

Put the thieves in charge

State Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), State Rep. Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee), and State Sen. Jeff Plale (D-South Milwaukee, but an R in his soul) were the three thieves who tried to steal county-owned Mitchell International Airport and turn it over to private interests so the neighborhoods around Mitchell would have no say in how airport expansion should be carried out.

Milwaukee County taxpayers would get screwed blue in the deal as well, but oh, well, why worry about them when there are business interests to suck up to?

That plan died a well-deserved ignoble death in the Legislature last session, but a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and Assembly has been established to study the matter further. The chair of the committee is -- ta dah! -- State Rep. Jeff Stone. Other legislative members include --ta dah!-- Mark Honadel and -- double ta dah -- Jeff Plale. The legislative part of the committee is rounded out by State Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee) and State Rep. John Townsend (R-Fond du Lac).

Citizen members include a represenative of labor, Milwaukee Ald. Terry Witkowski, and a member of the Waukesha County Airport Commission (an airport that would not be affected by the Stone-Plale-Honadel proposal) but no one representing Milwaukee County government, which is a little odd, considering that the county owns Mitchell International.

The deck is nicely stacked.

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