MILWAUKEE — A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council has accepted a superseding resolution, approving a framework agreement between the city of Milwaukee and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
The agreement covers the hosting of the RNC 2024.
The resolution states that the deal can only be completed if the city of Milwaukee is selected by the Republican National Committee to be the host city and agrees to provide $6 million to the city for the purpose of addressing housing, l higher education and workforce development.
The Master Agreement Plan is used as a way to define what thousands of convention attendees can expect in terms of services and resources should the RNC take place in the brewing city.
The conversation about whether Milwaukee should host the Republican National Convention and what it will look like is drawing mixed reactions.
Five community organizations are asking city leaders to vote against a deal to host the event in 2024.
Never Again Is Now co-organizer Rachel Buff said hosting the convention undermines the challenge of seeing issues through the lens of equity and race, arguing the money would be better spent somewhere else.
“We all absolutely need capital projects. We absolutely need to invest in Milwaukee, all of that is true, but there are so many ways to do it,” Buff said.
The financial impact for the city is a major issue for council members who spoke about the deal.
Milwaukee City Development Commissioner Lafayette Crump said hosting the convention in Milwaukee would be better for everyone and bring the city a financial impact of $200 million. This figure comes from a study that was done.
Alderman Bob Bauman asked where the figure came from, saying the number was highly suspicious.
Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Paul Farrow said in a statement that holding the convention in Milwaukee would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.
Visit Milwaukee CEO Peggy Williams Smith agrees it would be beneficial.
“Imagine all of these people here being able to show off all the good things about Milwaukee and highlight some of the things we need to improve on. It’s just an opportunity we missed in 2020 that I’d like to bring back. in our community in 2024,” Williams-Smith said.
Business owner Omar Shaikh was one of many who testified. He urged leaders to think of people when making a decision. He said his employees could benefit tremendously from the business the convention brings.
Council members accepted a proposed agreement and decided to maintain it. At this time, it is unclear when this could pass the full council.
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