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Thursday, March 31, 2011

 12:04 PM 

Abele, Stone exchange swipes at forum

Milwaukee County Executive candidate Chris Abele swiped at Gov. Scott Walker’s mantra that “Wisconsin is open for business” at a UW-Milwaukee forum, calling the concept “way too passive" and calling for a more coordinated, targeted approach.

Meanwhile, Abele’s opponent, Jeff Stone, reiterated his support of Walker and the governor’s budget repair bill, adding Abele’s criticism of Walker “just shows he cannot work with other leaders.”

The two also disagreed on residency requirements for city workers, with Abele, a philanthropist, taking the side of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who wants to keep them, and Stone siding with Republicans who want to get rid of them.

"You can't force people to be part of a community," said Stone, a veteran Republican Assemblyman and former local elected official.

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-- By Kay Nolan

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