Gov. Walker proposes ending residency requirement

Published On: Feb 21 2013 06:31:54 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 06:31:00 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a statewide elimination of residency laws that require employees to live in the city or school district where they work.

The proposal is a part of Walker's budget he delivered to the Legislature on Wednesday.

Milwaukee city officials, including Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett, oppose such a move, which Walker had indicated he may pursue before unveiling his plan. The city's residency rule on the books since 1938.

Removing the residency requirement for Milwaukee schools has been debated for years in the Legislature but never passed.

The residency requirements vary across the state and in some places, like Madison and Green Bay, it applies only to agency heads and not rank and file workers.