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Campaign 16: We The People!

Sometime between the inauguration speech and the first ball, I would start pressuring Congress to replace the current motto, ‘In God We Trust’ with ‘We The People’!

Originally I thought this was just going to be a trivial add on to my thoughts on Campaign 16 and I would throw it out here during a […]

Solving The Issues With The Veteran’s Administration Medical Care

Since the major combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan started winding down, there have been repeated and unsolved issues with providing adequate and timely healthcare for our veterans. Despite repeated assurances and varied lip service out of Washington, things just don’t seem to be getting better. Even with new rules allowing vets who live beyond […]

Nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Gov. Walker budget raises taxes, fees by $48 million

But remember, Gov. Scott Walker is a fiscal “conservative.” An analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau finds that Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would raise taxes and fees by $48 million.

The report released Monday also determines that Walker proposals to bolster tax collection would bring in nearly $125 million in additional revenue over the […]

When Almost $300 Million Is A Lot Of Money But $300 Million Isn’t.

JUST SAYIN’!

Governor Walker is facing a $283 deficit in the current budget that has to be satisfied before the end of June 2015. As we have all read here and in the other media, one of the sleight of hand tricks up every governor’s sleeve is deferring paying principal on state government debt and […]

Are New Bucks Owners Actually Putting Up Their Own Money

Recently the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about financing arrangements that are available through the National Basketball Association. And although the Bucks were quoted in the article saying they might use the credit facility to expand business opportunities around the new arena…some of the writing seemed to indicate that the $150 million that they’ve […]

Thinking of Our Children’s Future Is Borrowing To Build Roads

The party who keeps saying that we need to think of our children’s future while cutting education, cutting safety net programs, cutting funds to the UW system, etc…it once again considering our children’s future by borrowing to fund the transportation fund:

Gov. Scott Walker plans to rely on borrowing rather than a gasoline tax increase […]

Five Reasons A New Bucks Arena Isn’t Economically Important:

One of the debate points around building a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee is the additional development that will occur in the general vicinity of the new arena. This despite no evidence that there was any significant development around the Bradley Center after it was built. It’s pretty much Major Goolsby’s and that was […]

The cold hard truth about Scott Walker and taxes: the richest Wisconsinites have lower taxes than the poorest Wisconsinites

Over at the Shepherd Express, Joel McNally has a great piece explaining how masterfully Gov. Scott Walker has played tax-cut politics to the benefit of the richest Wisconsinites at the expense of poor and middle class Wisconsinites who could really use some meaningful tax relief. Every state takes a higher percentage of income in local […]

Senator Kathleen Vinehout: Pay Attention ~ There’s a New Legislature in Session

From my email inbox comes the latest newsletter from Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout. “Raise your right hand and repeat after me,” the Supreme Court Justice directs newly elected and re-elected lawmakers.

So begins the new 2-year Legislative Session.

On the first working day of 2015 a new group of freshman legislators began their work. […]

Walker administration proposes tax, fee increases to pay for roadwork

Well it sure didn’t take long for Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans to start talking about raising taxes and fees to pay back their benefactors from the road-building lobby. Gov. Scott Walker’s transportation secretary on Friday recommended boosting taxes and fees by more than $750 million over two years to help pay for roadwork.

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