Check out Fred Keller's research and remarks on the proposed sick leave mandate ban by Alderman Steve Olson. Needless to say, I was very surprised to witness firsthand a conservative like Keller aim and fire at will towards an individual who proclaims conservative values like Olson. What was written on Bullseye was right on topic, and actually is pretty damning towards suburbia's panic rush to approve these bans throughout Milwaukee County.
I can’t help but think that the City’s namesake – and one of our county’s Founding Fathers – Benjamin Franklin, is spinning in his grave like a rotisserie chicken at Sendik’s Market, at the thought of Franklin’s Common Council adopting Alderman Olson’s flawed and ill-conceived, “pro-business” ordinance, named oddly enough—"Non-Regulation of Employee Wages or Benefits for Private Businesses."
In the draft I’ve read, Alderman Olson’s proposed Ordinance seeks to affirm that the Franklin Common Council wishes to foster a positive and growing business climate within the City, and that Franklin is currently home to many small and medium-sized businesses.
To convince existing and future businesses that Franklin is “pro-business,” Olson’s Ordinance further states that the Franklin Common Council recognizes its responsibility in promoting a free market and limited government intrusion into private enterprise. (Emphasis added) I’ll have more to say on this at the end of this piece.
Olson’s Ordinance also includes, that the Mayor and the Franklin Common Council through this Ordinance enact the limitation of municipal regulation. And therefore, no Ordinance of the City of Franklin nor any other municipal Ordinance, rule, or regulation shall mandate that any business entity, other than the City itself, shall provide certain wages or benefits to its employees, or set forth the amount or type of any employee wages or benefits provided by an employer located within the city limits of Franklin.
In other words, what's good for private business in the City of Franklin, doesn't apply to the City, whose employees' salaries and benefits are paid by taxpayers like you and I!