… “The Democrats in this state can continually claim that we are in the Assembly are somehow responsible for blocking passage of a state budget, but the reality is that Assembly Republicans understand that residents in this state already pay too much of their hard-earned income in taxes and we cannot pass a state budget that will push their households further into the red. Right now, given the condition of our economy, we need to pass a budget that all of the citizens of Wisconsin can afford.” [State Rep. Gary Bies]
The Governor [Jim Doyle] has called the State Legislature into Special Session on Monday, October 15th to consider a new version of the budget. Although as of Friday afternoon, the legislature has not yet had the opportunity to review the actual bill, early information from the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau indicates that the Democrat’s new budget will result in a tax increase of nearly $700 for a family of four, not including the resulting property tax increase.
Throughout the budget deliberations, the Republicans have made a number of compromise offers that have been flat-out rejected as not increasing taxes enough. So on Monday we will go to the floor of the Assembly and vote on the Governor’s tax package. It will be a straight yes/no vote and every citizen in the State of Wisconsin will be able to see where their state representative stands on the issue of a billion dollar tax increase.
The calling of the special legislative session follows action by the Assembly in September that saw the passage of legislation to provide funding for Wisconsin’s K-12 education system, shared revenue to local governments and prevent a $600 million property tax increase. But the Senate failed to act on the emergency legislation, the result being that the legislature is now faced with consideration of the latest tax and spend package from the Governor. …
Beyond the big picture of the broad tax increases, the Governor’s revised budget bill has several components which are specifically bad for the First Assembly District including the elimination of the property tax levy limit upon the Wisconsin Technical College System.
In the First District of the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is incredibly unfair and the Governor’s budget to completely eliminate the property tax levy limit on NWTC will only make the situation worse, reliance upon property tax for tech schools , the Governor is going in exactly the opposite direction.
… Under the Governor’s bill all wineries, regardless of size will be required to distribute all products through liquor distributors, eliminating the wineries’ ability to sell directly to local retailers which is a critical ability for the small wineries that are struggling to get established.
Also Bies said that his office has received no indication if the levy limit exemption for county-wide emergency medical services was included in the Governor’s revised bill. The provision, which Bies inserted into the Assembly version of the state budget, is extremely important to Door County.
“Even if you could look past the billion dollar tax increase, the property tax increase, the $1.1 billion increase to government spending, you get down to the smaller issues, which affect fewer people, but are no less onerous,” said Bies. “Apparently the Democrats aren’t just about increasing taxes and spending, but seeing how much damage they can do to small businesses and government cooperation. This bid by the Governor is bad for Wisconsin, bad for the First District, and I simply cannot support it. … I hope the Democrats finally get the message that the people of Wisconsin must have a budget that we can afford.”
Wineries in Door County
is a big economical boon to the Peninsula. Every year during the tourist season it helps the Door Peninsula economy. Fruit wines, especially cherry wine that Door County is famous for would be forced to go through distributors instead of selling them right from their winery stores. Which one then wonders what kind of deal is going on with Governor Doyle and the liquor distributors of Wisconsin?
Remember there was a scandal with the office of Governor Doyle concerning the Wisconsin casinos
just before the general election of 2006; yet despite this the voters of Wisconsin let him remain in office by reelecting him. It is felt by many that it was because of the anger against President Bush via the Republican Party in general that cause them to not consider the other candidates, especially Republican. There was an independent that ran, but his votes were minimal.
Doyle has said that if the Legislature does not approve a new budget, the University of Wisconsin system would run out of money by April. Schools in the university system would need to charge students an extra $800 to keep the doors open, Doyle said. Property taxes would increase by an average of $150, though that likely would be higher in Milwaukee.
Governor Doyle’s main theme
in his campaign for reelection in 2006 was that he was “committed to education” as well as ensuring higher education in Wisconsin remains affordable. Governor Doyle created the Wisconsin Covenant, where every eighth grade student who agrees to stay in school, maintain a B average and be a good citizen they will be guaranteed a spot in college and a financial package that meets their family’s needs.
He also stated that he wanted to make prescription drugs more affordable for the citizens of Wisconsin. One year ago, Governor Doyle and U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
squabbled over the minimum wage. And while the Republican Congressional leadership tried to get tax breaks for citizens, Governor Doyle sought the usual tax and spends action.
In February of 2007, Governor Doyle proposed to tax oil companies more than $270 million over the next two years to pay for the state’s transportation needs. And he plans a third term after raising $500,000 in the first half of 2007 and making the political analysts believe this would help him to be ready in that effort.
And what about Governor Doyle’s effort to create an in-house law firm paid for by the state taxpayers? He has recommended to move about 120 lawyers (May 2005) to a new division in the Department of Administration. It so happened that the Justice Department’s tax section was part of that move, which increased the size and scope of Wisconsin’s government and allowed a tax case to be overruled. It also allowed the stripping of 12 of the general counsel positions in various state agencies of their civil service protection. This means they would become political employees who could be fired by Doyle for whatever reason. Is this not yet more proof of the quest for power from this governor?
Throughout Governor Doyle’s career he has been surrounded by scandal. Now he wants to pass a state budget that would put taxpayers in economic distress, as well as hurt those counties in Wisconsin whose economy thrives on wineries, as well as possible putting some small ones out of business. And guess what that will do with the unemployment situation and other economic factors?
Property taxes are already high in many areas and this is because of school costs and a welfare system that other states envy. A Milwaukee home valued at $240,000 costs $400 per month in escrow to pay the property taxes.
In 2005, the proceeds of the Wisconsin lottery is supposed to prevent high(er) property taxes. From the Wisconsin Lottery website, the lottery fund since 1988:
Player Prizes = 56.02% of revenue.
Retailer Commissions = 5.54% of revenue.
Operational Expenses = 6.68% of revenue.
Property Tax Relief = 31.75%.
The Wisconsin Lottery
has generated more than $7.326 billion in total revenue. There isn’t any beef with the lottery system because 95% has gone back to the people of Wisconsin.
But what has the Wisconsin government done to be efficient and cost effective? That is a question that should be in the voters’ mind when choosing a candidate, among other things. And choosing Jim Doyle to continue being our governor doesn’t make any sense when one looks at the overall picture. And remember, Doyle vetoed the bill, after the Wisconsin legislature passed the right to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon bill, which means that he is against the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. And, I still have received no answer on how the Supreme Court can allow ANY state to make a law that is against an article or amendment of the US Constitution. All articles and amendments have been ratified by the state governments. State governments can add to those articles and amendments, but they cannot override them. Which means that any state can obligate a citizen to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon and require that every citizen applying for a permit to carry a firearm to pass a safety/certification firearm test/course – but they cannot tell a citizen who is mentally stable or not convicted of a felony that they cannot carry a firearm concealed under any circumstances. Despite the statistics showing that states and municipalities that authorize aforesaid permits have a lower violent crime rate and other factors – some states continue to take away the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.
Our state legislature must be strong against the shenanigans of Governor Jim Doyle
and ensure that he is not reelected when the time comes for his tenure to end. Looking at the background of his business ventures, et cetera, he may very well have performed unlawful actions serious enough to be impeached. But that is conjecture. In the meantime, the Wisconsin voters who didn’t vote for him in 2006 must suffer along with the voters who voted for him. And those voters haven’t figured out that Doyle is part of the big problems arising in Wisconsin.
Yes, he has stood by his promise of keeping a watchful eye on the conditions of our educational system here, as well as seeking means to improving or making affordable health care for everyone – but these things take revenue, so either he will have to tighten the budget of the Wisconsin state government by working with the legislature body, as well as limit the executive state government to a leaner more cost efficient entity – or be fought against for most everything he tries to do.
Governor Doyle has told us that proceeds from the casinos and Wisconsin lottery would help keep taxes down. He increases gasoline taxes and cigarette taxes (twice) since he has been reelected – and now wants $1.1 billion more. It is time to stop his tax and spending record.
I hope when Doyle’s tenure is up the voters of Wisconsin will pay more attention to the public record of the candidates rather than the character assassination and propaganda that is carried on during an election process. Don’t just vote – vote smart.