A committee  of the Milwaukee County Board last week rejected county Executive Scott Walker’s plan to include $500,000 in the $1.4 billion 2009 budget to hire consultants to help craft a proposal to privatize Mitchell International Airport.

Board members who rejected the proposal in a 7-0 vote voiced complaints over the idea of leasing an asset so quickly and over their exclusion from talks over the proposed lease. Board members also said they don’t believe the lease would solve the county’s transit funding issues because it would take years to put the airport deal together.

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