FOX47 NEWS - Gov. Doyle Braces Mayors for Budget Cuts

Jeff Angileri
May 6, 2009, 9:26 PM

Governor Jim Doyle met with Wisconsin mayors today, bracing them for more budget cuts.

The state is facing a $5 billion shortfall, and that means less money going to cities.

It was not a sense of all gloom and doom, said Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz . It was a question of how are we going to roll up our sleeves and get beyond this.

Cieslewicz said it's too early to tell what -- if anything -- will need to be cut.

We want to keep city services as high as we possibly can, he said. I'm not interested in cutting vital services like police, fire, anything like that. But we might have to look at some other very tough solutions.

Governor Doyle's 2009 budget proposal already cuts 1% of shared revenues for cities. That means $300,000 to $400,000 less for the city of Madison.

Mayors from Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine, and the Janesville city manager were also there. The meeting was private, and no reporters were allowed inside.

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