Defend Local Democracy

Local democracy, or “home rule,” is enshrined in Wisconsin’s state constitution, and for good reason: Because citizens have the most contact with, and potential control over, their local officials than any other elected officials. It is at the local level where we have our truest democracy. And so long as local officials don’t impinge on people’s rights under the U.S. Constitution or Wisconsin’s Constitution, and so long as they don’t usurp the authority of the state government, they ought to be able to run their local towns as they and their constituents see fit. But since 2011, the GOP-controlled legislature and Walker have approved more than 100 proposals  that prohibit or restrict the ability of local governments to pass ordinances affecting environmental, land use, transportation, construction and other matters. We outlined some of these in our report, “Walker’s Worst 100.