It was announced tonight at the County Board’s Executive Committee, that a deal to approve the bonding budget for capital improvements has been made. County Board Chairman Gabe Nudo is setting up a special meeting to vote on this new measure. A far-left group of board members utilized a decades-old loophole in which six members could stop the county from borrowing money for capital projects. The operating budget was passed on November 2, 2022 by a 17 to 6 vote. This budget that passed funded all county positions. The Supervisors that blocked the borrowing are Yuhas (D), Gentz (D), Gaschke (D), Kubicki (D), O’Day and Berg (D).
The blocking of borrowing money was organized by Monica Yuhas, a democrat that represents most of Pleasant Prairie. She was extremely upset that the board didn’t vote for her as the next County Board Chairman. She thought it was her turn. She asked others to join her in blocking the budget to borrow money. This move stopped borrowing for road improvements, body-cams for police, a generator for the county’s nursing home, 9-1-1 software and other capitol projects. This budget didn’t block any employees from working. That didn’t stop the six’s misinformation campaign, strongly echoed by the Kenosha News’ Terry Flores, who is herself a democrat.
“To me and my family and my co-workers, it’s not going to be a Happy Holidays. I had to have the most difficult conversation with my children recently and explain to them this year that I am not going to be able to buy them Christmas presents. My son asked my why and I told him that I had lost my job at no fault of my own.” This is what county public works Heavy Equipment Operator Rob Stecher told the county board on December 7, 2022. Someone, likely one of the six dissenters, told Rob and others that him and the rest of the public works department were losing their jobs. This is unequivocally untrue. Neither he nor any of his coworkers were in jeopardy of losing their jobs, but they were scared anyway. Terry Flores of the Kenosha News didn’t fact check this claim and put it on the front page anyway. This reckless misinformation had a lot of county employees fearing for their jobs in the name of politics. The ones who started this rumor and the Kenosha News acted without regard for the truth.
The group of six sent four representative to speak to highway workers. The group of 17 also sent representatives to speak to them. Most of the public works employees didn’t really concern themselves with who were at fault, but just wanted the budget passed for a piece of mind. We did speak to two employees present who told us “it was clearly the fault of the smaller protest group.”
Today KCE made contact with a highway worker names Jay Pucci who told us “I’m Just happy we were able to get both sides to talk and listen to our concerns and the made a deal happen before the holidays.” Pucci has been on the job for 8 years.
“We had several supervisors come down and talk to us about the layoff rumors and the bonding money. I appreciate the time they took to listen to our the highway workers’ concerns. I’m happy this was resolved in a timely manner, and hopefully we won’t have to deal with anything like this in the future,” said Josh Prybylski of the deal.
The entire board will likely vote next week on the bonding budget.