La Crosse Tribune: States should allow residency laws

States should allow residency laws

I’m a city planner who lives and works in La Crosse.

When I started, city employees, such as police officers, firefighters and planners, were required to live in the city for which they worked.

To me, this was common sense: We all have “skin in the game” and are invested in our community’s success when we are neighbors of the people we serve.

Residency requirements also drive investment in our cities and downtowns.

But Wisconsin’s Legislature banned these local ordinances. When cities like Milwaukee had to appeal, it hurt taxpayers because state lawmakers decided they knew better.

I’m glad to see such organizations as the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions holding lawmakers accountable, and I hope Wisconsin legislators will let local communities decide what’s best.

Lewis Kuhlman
La Crosse, Wisconsin