MADISON – Representative Leon D. Young (D-Milwaukee) denounced Governor Walker’s failure to respond to an invitation to a roundtable discussion in Milwaukee to address Black male unemployment. Numerous attempts were made to engage Gov. Walker and his staff in coordinating a date and time to hold such a discussion.
“Simply put, our request for Gov. Walker to meet with the people of Milwaukee affected by this issued was ignored,” said Rep. Young. “It is now clear that the Governor, who made it a focus of his campaign to bring 250,000 jobs to the state, has no interest in meeting a segment of the population who could benefit most from those jobs. I am deeply disappointed and disheartened by the Governor’s decision.”
The roundtable discussion is now scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the DNR Service Center at 2300 N. MLK Jr. Drive. The forum will focus on getting input from community members on identifying barriers for employment for African American males and solutions to address the crisis.
County Executive Kathleen Falk who is currently a Democratic candidate for governor in the recall election against Scott Walker, and will face other gubernatorial hopefuls in the recall primary that is now scheduled for May 8th. “I’m elated that County Executive Falk realizes the magnitude of Black male unemployment in Milwaukee and wants to get involved. Hopefully, others seeking this high elected state office will be of a similar mind-set and will come forth with their participation,” Rep. Young stated.