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On February 11, 2014, Alderman Murphy was elected by his peers to serve as the 47th known President of the Milwaukee Common Council. He now presides over every meeting of the Council, and has the power to determine the makeup of committees and appoint their chairs.

News and Information from the 10th Aldermanic District

Summerfest 2014 Daily deals and more: 13 ways to get into Summerfest for free

By Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel June 19, 2014

June 25: (noon to 3 p.m.) Bring three nonperishable food items to the North Gate or Mid-Gate Promotions Booth.
June 26: (noon to 3 p.m.) Show a coupon from the Sunday, June 22, edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and get a free weekday admission ticket with the purchase of one ticket. No copies accepted.
June 27: (noon to 3 p.m.) Wear a red shirt for a free ticket at the Mid-Gate booth. Bonus: Free ear buds and case for the first 5,000 patrons, given out at the gate beginning at 5 p.m.
June 28: (noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last) Make a donation from June 1 to 28 at a Goodwill Store & Donation Center and bring in a specially marked Summerfest donation receipt for a free ticket. First 1,500 patrons only.
June 29: (noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last) Bring three nonperishable food items. First 2,500 patrons only.
July 1: (noon to 3 p.m.) Free admission for everyone.
July 2: (noon to 4 p.m.) Free admission for ages 60 and older; includes coupon for $2 off a food or nonalcoholic beverage purchase over $10.
July 3: (noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last) Bring an original receipt from any Boston Store purchase made between June 16 and July 3. First 1,500 patrons. Also July 3: (noon to 3 p.m.) Free admission with valid Harley Owners Group card. Bonus freebie: Access for H.O.G. members at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse deck from 5 to 9 p.m., first-come, first-served.
July 4: (noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last) Bring a specially marked can of Mountain Dew. Available for first 2,500 patrons. Also July 4 (noon to 3 p.m.): Free admission for active-duty military personnel and veterans with military ID. Valid for up to four additional family members.
July 5: (noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last) Bring a new or gently used children's book, for ages 5 to 9, worth a minimum $10. First 1,500 patrons.
July 6: (noon to 3 p.m.) Free admission for everyone from noon to 3 p.m.
— Piet Levy

Alderman Murphy Spearheads Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction

Milwaukee Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, in collaboration with elected officials and community leaders in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine and Washington Counties, will be holding a Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium to share ideas and solutions around the theme "Heroin: Not on Our Watch - Protecting Our Communities."

A New BMO Harris Bradley Center?

At Alderman Murphy’s request, Milwaukee’s Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) – a nonpartisan research arm of the Common Council City Clerk’s Office – recently released a report that raised serious questions about the validity of claims that building a new sports arena in Milwaukee would generate a significant economic benefit for the area. The study, which analyzed the economic impact of professional sports venues in Wisconsin and around the country, provides a background to what is expected to become a contentious debate over the future of the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee.

“As the city considers the business community’s likely request for public financing of a new downtown arena, I believe that an open and honest assessment of the fiscal implications is needed, and needed now,” Alderman Murphy said. “Before we go too far down the road of how to pay for such an arena, it warrants analyzing other, similar cases to determine the realistic economic impact the city could expect as a return on its significant investment.”

VIEW REPORT - Economic Impact of Downtown Revitalization Efforts - Professional Sports Venues

New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System

For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.

The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.

When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.

Visit to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.

Ald. Murphy Testifies Before State Joint Finance Committee

Alderman Michael J. Murphy testified before a hearing of the state’s Joint Finance Committee, addressing several key issues that are important to Milwaukee’s future. Play video here.


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