Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Steve Walters Says What I Fear About Gov. Walker

When Gov. Walker says he wishes that he explained 2011 Act 10 more before introducing it, he's lying. Plain and simple, there's no other way to describe it, the man is outright lying. Had he explained his desire to make those changes during the campaign or even during the lame-duck period, he would've seen an unpalatable amount of blow back and scared too many Republicans in the State Senate.
So, when Steve Walters, Wisconsin Eye's Senior Producer says this: 
Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he learned this lesson from the 2011 fight he picked that limited collective bargaining by public employees: First, publicly explain the changes you want to make and why they are needed. Lay that groundwork before you try to push anything through the Legislature. 
I pay attention.

That comes from THIS article in yesterday's Janesville Gazette Xtra.

The article goes on to say this:
This time, Walker says in year-end interviews, he wants a year of discussion before what could be his next “bold” move, if he is re-elected in November and gets to prepare a 2015-17 state budget: Eliminating the personal income tax, which brings in $7.5 billion a year. 
“What would have the biggest impact on the economy?” Walker said in a WisconsinEye interview. “If you look at the top states across the country, in terms of job growth, consistently they are states that have no income tax, or very low income tax. 
 “There’s a certain amount of appeal to me of just saying, ‘Hey, if they’re doing that, it may not be the only reason, but it’s got to be a major catalyst.’” 
Walker also said he is willing to discuss eliminating, or significantly reducing, the property tax that is one of the highest in the nation.
And so it begins... The campaign for November 2014 begins right now ladies and gentlemen. How many of your friends who make that trip to Farm and Fleet or Lowes would be willing to pay considerably higher prices in lieu of not having that "dreaded" property tax?

I highly recommend reading Mr. Walter's entire article, but this part near the end is particularly interesting:
-- How fair—or progressive—is Wisconsin’s income tax now? Who would be most helped if it were eliminated? 
That’s the subject of another column, but here’s one interesting statistic: 31 percent of tax filers owed no income taxes in 2012 but filed to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or some other tax break. So, 69 percent of all tax filers paid all personal income taxes that year.
I don't know about you... but this is scary, scary territory we could be heading into.

I sure hope you know how to do canvassing, or are willing to hit the turf this summer and pound the pavement for votes. Mary Burke, Kathleen Vinehout, both are fine candidates to me, and either needs our support more than ever as we approach November. This madness can't continue any longer.

The battle lines are becoming clearer every day. Onward to 2014...

1 comment:

  1. Except there's no real evidence showing that states with 0% income tax is a "catalyst" for job creation. Those places do leave a lot more people uninsured and has higher levels of poverty, that's true. But they don't do significantly better on jobs.

    And with a $93 million Medicaid deficit appearing and an increasing amount of W-2 cases, I don't really think tax cuts are something we should be discussing, unless you want to cause a fiscal crisis that leads to full-scale privatization.

    Wait a minute......