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Over 200 Protest Water Privatization and overflow meeting room June 16, 2009

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There is still much work to be done. The city has refused to remove water privatization from the table. They will still be reviewing it as a means to deal with the city debt. KPOW will continue to organize for water to be kept in the public trust and for the Common Good of all.

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Council President Hines, flatly refused to permanently end the privatization debate June 11, 2009

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Referendum needed to privatize Water Works, Hines says
By Larry Sandler of the Journal SentinelPosted: Jun. 10, 2009

Any effort to privatize the Milwaukee Water Works would require voters’ approval in a binding referendum, environmentalists and Common Council President Willie Hines Jr. said Wednesday.

Activists said they would press the council to kill the idea immediately, with no further study. But Hines ruled out that course of action, calling it irresponsible in light of the city’s growing fiscal problems.

City Comptroller W. Martin “Wally” Morics has recommended studying whether to lease the Water Works to a private operator, believing that a 75- to 99-year lease could draw a one-time payment of $550 million to $600 million. That money then could be invested to create an endowment that would generate $30 million a year to help avoid annual debates over cutting services or raising taxes, he said. Read the rest of the article

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/47702307.html

State Rep Fred Kessler Introducing Legislation To Prohibit Leasing/Sellng Water Works June 7, 2009

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As soon as we know more we will post it!

Join the Yahoo Group May 21, 2009

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No Privatization of Milwaukee’s Water May 20, 2009

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The city of Milwaukee is considering the leasing of our water for 99 years to a private company.
We don’t think anyone should make a profit on our water.
Water is a COMMON GOOD for everyone.  
Milwaukee’s water is excellent.  The water system we have works and is improved upon every year. Do you think we should hand it over to a business that has to worry about its bottom line? Vote now!