MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- A push to create an office specifically dedicated to improving the lives of African-Americans in Wisconsin is gaining some steam.
"All indicators say that this is the worst place in America to live if you are African-American," Khalif Rainey, Milwaukee County supervisor said. "Incarceration, health, unemployment, small business creation, education, whatever the metric is, we're at the absolute worst."
Rainey wants to create an office on African-American affairs within Milwaukee County. He envisions the office helping to streamline public policy when it comes to the issues Milwaukee County's African-Americans face.
"Right now, it's fragmented. The heads of these governments say we are aware of it, but where is the initiative? To say you're aware that you know we're unemployed and we're incarcerated is one thing -- but to actually make it a priority to address it is something different," Rainey said.
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Abele says he hopes the resolution at least sparks a conversation about the root issues and how they can be better addressed.
"My hope is that this connects though to real action. You know this resolution doesn't have funding with it. I told Khalif I'd love to talk to him about it," Abele said.
Rainey wasn't able to provide an estimate of what it may cost to create the office.
"Private grants, corporations -- support is all being sought, but the original seed money would have to come from the county," Rainey said.
Rainey says initially, they're hoping to have three staff members, including an executive director, a research analyst and a grant writer.
Milwaukee Alderman Willie Wade and Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee) are also promising to pursue creating similar offices at both the city and state level.