Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

In an op-ed for the MacIver Institute that appeared this week, I reminded readers that we still have not eliminated former Governor Jim Doyle’s tax increases, nor have we cut overall state spending. Even with all of the progress made, there is still unfinished business that the Republicans need to take care of in the […]

Fun video that also explains when and why Arthur Laffer created the “Laffer Curve” on a napkin in a Washington DC restaurant. There should be a plaque at the table commemorating the occasion: Print this entry

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 […]

Paying taxes is the only patriotic act. Just ask Tom Strini, former editor of Third Coast Digest and performing arts writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I saw this also making the rounds on Facebook and I think it responds to Strini and company better than I could: Print this entry

If you thought being sick was punishment enough, Obamacare raises the threshold for deducting out-of-pocket medical expenses from your federal income taxes: Millions of Americans facing higher out-of-pocket costs after losing their existing health insurance will also be damaged by what is effectively a tax hike imposed under Obamacare. Before President Obama’s health reform law […]

October 24, 2013 Act 10 is Working with Bipartisan Support by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas must not have gotten the memo. Act 10, the signature accomplishment of Governor Scott Walker’s Administration, is not only working, but it has become bipartisan, too. Colas banged the […]

Looking at any political contest, there are winners and losers. In the state budget process winners and losers are often determined not so much by what is in the budget, but by the fight over the budget. Over at the MacIver Institute, I list the winners and losers – and the reasons why. An excerpt: […]

The US Chamber of Commerce asks, “What do the works of Shakespeare and the tax code have in common?” Tragedy, of course, only the tax code has more.   Print this entry

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, – George Harrison Taxman The final report is out, and the state DOT’s Wisconsin Transportation and Policy Commission is proposing over $600 million in additional taxes and fees annually. To put that in perspective, Governor Scott Walker’s proposed income tax cut is only $340 million over two […]

Walker’s virtual second term He has a mandate for growth Waukesha Freeman, Page a6, Opinion, 1/17/13 On Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker gave what could be considered his second inaugural address. The “State of the State” address follows a year of tumult in Wisconsin, including multiple elections and even an unprecedented attempted recall of Walker. After […]