Chris Abele, the millionaire running for Milwaukee County executive, has made a name for himself over the past 15 years by giving away wads of cash to arts organizations, do-gooder groups and Democratic politicians.
But the Milwaukee philanthropist has shown himself to be tightfisted with one particular entity:
The State of Wisconsin.
For at least the past four years, Abele has paid no state income taxes.
Not one nickel.
But do not worry boys and girls, he is not alone:
In 2009, state Rep. Jeff Stone, a Greendale Republican, paid out about $1,600 in state income taxes and County Board Chairman Lee Holloway only $1,335.
Those sums would suggest that each official reported taxable income between $20,000 and $25,000 last year. State residents can reduce their tax burden through a variety of means, such as making large charitable donations or suffering business losses.
The state, meanwhile, has no record that another candidate, community activist Ieshuh Griffin, has paid any state income tax in recent years.
Indeed, only one of the five county exec contenders is making a significant payment to Wisconsin tax collectors year after year.
Former state Sen. Jim Sullivan, a Wauwatosa Democrat, plunked down $5,266 in state income taxes last year – more than the other four candidates combined. In addition to drawing his state salary, Sullivan is also a private attorney.
Can we stop having millionaires running for office, who pay no taxes in Wisconsin? Can we end the socialism, class warfare and heavy tax burden BS talking points finally? Can we stop giving more and more tax cuts to the rich and then talking about the laziness of the union workers? Can we reform the tax codes so millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share?