MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin is preparing to welcome the first vice president of history and the first vice president of color when Kamala Harris visits Milwaukee on Tuesday, May 4.
The Vice President returns to a state she once called home.
âYou may know that very early in my life we ââlived in Madison,â VP Harris told FOX6 in September 2020.
On Tuesday, she will join a panel discussion in Milwaukee. State Representative Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) will be in attendance.
âI met her a number of times over the past few years before she became vice president, but I hope I can talk to her, basically, about the jobs here in Milwaukee,â Sinicki said.
This time, Sinicki said she hoped to hear about the infrastructure bill. “Really, how is this infrastructure bill going to affect Wisconsin, and Milwaukee in particular, where we still have a lot of unemployed, and we need to get people back to work.”
Harris should talk about that $ 2 trillion infrastructure bill.
âThe plan calls for the elimination of all lead-based pipes in America, and we have about 70,000 of them in Milwaukee soil,â said Cavalier Johnson, chairman of the Milwaukee Common Council. “Overall it gives us the opportunity to do something that needs to happen in this community, and it puts people to work.”
However, some Milwaukee-area manufacturers, who say business is picking up, are worried about the infrastructure bill, which calls for increased corporate taxes.
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âThis type of tax plan will turn it around,â said Kathy Pfannerstill, owner of Toolcraft Machining. “We will become uncompetitive again.”
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And the Republican National Committee questions the visit.
âI think Milwaukee is an important place to visit, and I think it’s important for politicians to come to Milwaukee,â said Paris Dennard, national spokesperson for the RNC. “However, when you have a crisis at our southern border, which you have been tasked with handling, which the vice president has been tasked with handling, it is a breach of his duty to avoid the border at all costs.”
Dennard criticized the infrastructure bill, calling it a “mess, spending trillions of US taxpayer dollars.”
Harris will likely focus on the economy and jobs in the same city she visited on her first solo campaign trip as vice president.
âThere is an incredible history in Milwaukee of industry, manufacturing, supporting workers and supporting them in every way,â Harris told FOX6 during his Labor Day visit to Milwaukee. “It’s about the dignity of work.”
“There is so much good work going on in Milwaukee,” she added, “and there is so much work to be done to support Milwaukee.”