An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 8, 2007

How To Empty Out a State

Filed under: In Wisconsin, Opinion, taxes — olbroad @ 10:33

What is the best way to ensure a mass exodus from a particular state? Why, you make it so expensive, no one can afford to live there, of course!

It’s no coincidence that big referendums and new taxes are now on the table

Since the Democratic landslide in the November election:

* The Elmbrook School District is proposing the largest single school tax referendum in Wisconsin’s history. Franklin, trying not to be outdone, is proposing the second largest. Both will be on the April ballot.

* Governor Doyle is proposing a 162 percent increase in the state cigarette tax (no, I’m not missing a decimal point).

* A $13 a car per day tax on all rental cars in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine counties is being proposed to pay for the Kenosha-to-Milwaukee commuter train.

* Doyle’s Department of Transportation is proposing a 45 percent increase in vehicle registration fees and a 41 percent increase in driver’s license fees.

* The governor says he will push to eliminate the state law that limits increases in teacher compensation to a figure linked to the cost of living, a move that will cause property taxes to soar.

* Doyle and some Republicans are prepared to introduce a state health care plan that will include a 12 percent tax on the salaries of every working person in the state, to be paid by their employers.

I’ve no doubt there will be more coming. RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY! Escape if you can!

The worst part of this is that it’s going to get even worse. Doyle hasn’t even proposed his state budget yet. In it, he is likely to cut state aid to schools and local government and justify it by eliminating existing caps on their property taxing authority. He, and the Democrats who now control the state Senate, have little to fear from voters who loudly declared only three months ago that they don’t think high taxes in Wisconsin are a problem.

I’m not a big fan of Mark Belling‘s show. I find him extremely one sided, and rarely lets a caller speak to the point of rudeness, but he is right on many things.


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