The following quote was released to the Business Journal in response to a request for our position:
“Real estate development is a primary driver of economic prosperity—though permanent jobs are often controlled, not by developers, but by end users. The result of investment and risk-taking by developers and end users is tax base and jobs. Increased employment creates a competition for employees which drives wages up. What the Milwaukee County Board proposed with regard to mandating a living wage on the end user is, in our view, a form of extortion – withholding an entitlement unless the developer capitulates on an issue completely disconnected from the applicant’s request and beyond the developer’s control. This unwarranted market tampering chills economic development. What would the community rather see: the creation of 250 market rate jobs or no jobs at all? The hotel project proposed for Innovation Park is a catalytic project and will benefit all users of the park and surrounding areas as well as Milwaukee County taxpayers. We applaud County Executive Abele for vetoing the development-stifling decision of the County Board to impose living wage requirements on the eventual hotel management company.”
Additionally, please read below for a formal opinion issued by the Attorney General on Landlord Agreements:
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel asked Attorney General Van Hollen for a formal opinion regarding whether landlord/tenant lease agreements can require tenants to have the carpets professionally cleaned at the end of the lease. According to Van Hollen’s opinion, they can. Van Hollen says that routine carpet cleaning does not fall into the landlord’s duty to keep the premises “in a reasonable state of repair,” and including the requirement in a lease agreement contract does not make the contract void.