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Sept. 24th, 2011
WI's unemployment rate for Aug was 7.9%. That was up from 7.8% in July, 7.6% in June and 7.4% in May. You know that Gov. Walker would be "talking up" the unemployment rate if it was dropping.
Here are some key figures to remember. Over 150,000 people in WI became unemployed from Feb. 2008 to July 2009 and that lead to July of 2009 having almost 285,000 Wisconsinites unemployed. Also, as of last month, almost 240,000 people were still unemployed. This many people unemployed played a key factor in WI's budget. Those figures mean that fewer people are paying individual income taxes and all of WI is also purchasing less, resulting in lower sales tax revenue---these situations were a cause of WI's "budget crisis."
Example, the revenue from those taxes, which was dramatically lower, goes into the General Public Revenue fund. This "fund" aids property tax/local relief, corrections, schools, medical assistance, etc. With fewer people paying state taxes, there will be less money in the GPR fund. Wisconsin doesn't have a spending problem, like Gov. Walker says, it has a revenue problem. This is a clear example that the current recession had and still has a lot to do with what is happening in WI.
September 15th, 2011
Again, this website was created to inform others that Gov. Walker doesn’t have ALL of Wisconsin in mind. From giving tax breaks to the wealthy, putting Realtor’s Association ahead of farmers, policies that benefit insurance companies, to cutting school funding, lowering health care program funding, easing pollution regulations, returning federal grants, wanting to end SeniorCare..... His budget cuts have targeted: children, the elderly, the less fortunate, the environment, farmers, the uninsured, unions, women’s health, men’s health, college students….. What’s missing in that list?---Businesses, fees, taxes and the wealthy. If you are on the fence about recalling Gov. Walker, please look at all the areas that are affected in his vision, and look what’s not. He didn’t even want to raise the hunting and fishing fees, a penny, but made drastic changes to programs for the elderly. Gov. Walker gave a tax cut on capital gains for the wealthy, but stopped a tax cut for the poor?
Wisconsin is not a high tax state, what we do have is a revenue problem. WI is taxed lower now than we were in the seventies. Gov. Walker’s vision should have been shared sacrifice from all of Wisconsin. We all needed to chip in, the middle class and the wealthy. I agree, changes were needed for many programs and areas, but not to the extent that Gov. Walker chose. Here are a couple of my areas where Gov. Walker could have also turned his focus on.
* Go after all those profitable businesses that didn’t pay state taxes. From 2004-2008, 60%+ of businesses paid ZERO state income taxes.
* Take a public stance about collecting back taxes.
* Look into the property tax loopholes.
* Internet sales tax (Amazon)—think of how many times you find something in a store and then search online for the cheaper price.
* A two year, one penny sales tax—would increase revenue by $800 million/year.
* A surtax on millionaires. In 2008, there are about 100,000 millionaires in WI. A surtax of a measly $200 would generate a minimum of $20 milllion in revenue. I don't think that they would even miss it.