Walker has no problem with new residency rule

Gov. Scott Walker says he has no problems with a new residency requirement added to the state budget by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.

Walker had proposed in his budget eliminating any residency requirements statewide. But the committee last week revised that, requiring public safety workers to live within 15 miles of the city or jurisdiction where they work.

Walker said Tuesday it is reasonable to impose restrictions based on the type of work a person does, but not if it’s arbitrary.

The change affects more than 100 Wisconsin cities, but the biggest impact is in Milwaukee where all teachers and public workers are required to live within city limits. City officials and others have warned that removing the requirement will hurt Milwaukee’s economy.