Progressives Behaving Badly – Milwaukee County Edition:

I am on the Grassroots North Shore email list and look forward to the information that they forward and the activities that they arrange. As a result of that affiliation I have also been receiving emails from North Shore for Mary Burke. I received their latest email last Thursday and was interested in their take [...]

Paul Ryan refuses to answer question about his $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy (VIDEO)

During a stop last week in Pensacola, Florida to promote his new book, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan had an awkward exchange when he refused to answer a question he was asked about his $5 trillion tax break for the richest Americans. Here’s some video of the exchange.

Elected officials (especially those with a national [...]

Vince Synowicz’s crazy income tax “plan”

Last week Republican Assembly candidate Vince Synowicz released his “Six Points to Prosperity” plan to “grow and strengthen Wisconsin’s middle-class.” Here’s the second of the six points of Synowicz’s “plan.” 2.) Overhaul the state’s tax code by shrinking the number of income brackets and lowering rates across the board. Any overhaul of the state’s tax [...]

Oak Creek city administrator: city’s budget “not sustainable”

This story is a perfect example of why the “no tax increases” and “cut, cut, cut services” mentality of so many conservatives in local government is so fatally flawed (emphasis added). The cost of city operations and services is not sustainable and elected officials and residents will need to make hard decisions about what to [...]

State tax collections lagging behind projections

This latest bad news is exactly why Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his allies in the Republican-controlled legislature should have been more fiscally responsible instead of giving out a $500 million tax cut that primarily benefited the wealthy and big corporations. State tax collections are lagging both last year’s figures and expectations for this year, [...]

Common Ground to oppose public funds for new Bucks stadium unless funds also allocated to improve parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the citizens, churches, small businesses, nonprofits and neighborhood groups who comprise the Common Ground organization are contemplating action to oppose public tax dollars being spent to build a new stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks unless $150 million to $250 million of any such allocation of tax [...]

Toll roads in Wisconsin? No, no, and no!

This is a terrible idea. The state spends billions of dollars on road construction, and the gas tax is not drawing in as much revenue as cars become more efficient.

WISN 12 News caught up with one lawmaker who believes the toll road solution is gaining support.

“Long term, we have to look at toll [...]

Top wage earners would benefit most from proposed Walker tax cut

This should surprise absolutely no one. The top 20% of Wisconsin wage earners — those making more than $88,000 a year and paying the most in taxes now — would receive 44% of the benefit of Gov. Scott Walker’s latest proposed tax cuts, a new analysis shows. The bottom 20% of state residents by income [...]

Sales Tax Holiday? Funny You Should Have Asked!

Two Wisconsin legislators are proposing two small sales tax holidays each year. By now you have probably heard that State Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) and Seator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) are pushing a proposal for a back to school tax holiday in August with a second one early in November for energy efficient [...]

Scott Walker opens door to shifting tax burden to poor, middle class in WI

According to a report by Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he wants to use the next biennial budget in February 2015 to a potential tax overhaul. Among the changes Gov. Walker is likely to consider are eliminating or flattening the income tax to dropping technical colleges from [...]

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