Monday, December 5th, 2016

Governor Walker proposes sales tax holiday on school supplies Watchdog.org–Sep 8, 2016 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday his plans for a “sales tax holiday” for school supplies for Aug. 5-6 next year. The proposal will be included … Jesus Lunch feeds the high school multitude without incident Watchdog.org–Sep 8, 2016 Jesus returned to the lunchtime […]

The state assembly bill, AB 210, to allow counties to raise the sales tax .5% to fund road construction and repair has been postponed to Thursday. You can read my analysis of the bill at the MacIver website. Assembly Democrats were supposedly split on the bill, but as the evening wore on they asked when […]

Talk show host Jay Weber on WISN-AM discussed my MacIver Institute column this morning regarding the bill in the state assembly to allow sales taxes to go up in every county to be used for road repairs and building. You can listen to the podcast online. By the way, there is no way to defend this […]

The state Assembly is considering a bill this week to allow counties to raise the sales tax to pay for road improvements. Over at the MacIver Institute, I explain why this is a really bad idea. It blows past the wrong way sign on the road to higher taxes. In theory, the money would have […]

The Cultural Needs task force set up by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) to find a way to build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks and simultaneously bribe the arts community into supporting it issued a report on their wish list. Over at the MacIver Institute, I commented on one proposal to […]

The Sullivan report on Wisconsin’s workforce development was released last week to general praise. However, the report suggests a shift in in Wisconsin’s tax structure away from property and income taxes to the sales tax. Even if the idea was politically feasible, such a tax shift proposal ignores Wisconsin’s sales tax history, as I explain […]

Somebody will have to let me know if it’s okay for a writer covering an event to help himself to the free doughnuts. I spent Saturday morning listening to Tom Beebe of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools describe a “crisis” in education funding in the state and suggest, purely as a band-aid measure, raising […]

There’s an idea floating around that all we need to do to help property tax payers and fund education at the same time is to increase the sales tax. Everybody wants to increase the sales tax for their pet causes, but Tom Beebe and the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) want to increase the […]