UPDATE: Committee Approves New 15-Mile Residency Rule

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Only police, fire and emergency workers could be required to live within 15 miles of the city or county where they work under a provision added to the state budget.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Thursday voted to prohibit any more restrictive residency requirements than that.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed doing away with any residency requirements statewide.

The change would most dramatically affect Milwaukee. All Milwaukee city and school district employees must live in the city. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and others strongly oppose removing that.

A vote to remove Walker's proposal in the budget failed on an 8-8 vote. A vote to establish the 15-miles radius passed 12-4 with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is scheduled to vote on whether to eliminate requirements on Wisconsin municipal workers to live in the cities where they work.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed eliminating any requirements statewide. But opponents say it was primarily targeting Milwaukee, which requires all city and school district employees to live in the city.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee was expected to vote on a compromise plan Thursday. Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says it likely will allow employees to live a certain distance outside the city boundaries, but face a penalty if they do.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other local city officials have been vocal in opposing elimination of the residency requirement.


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