Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Will State Senate Republicans ever learn?


Some Republicans in the state senate are intent on raising local property taxes. Coupled with Governor Scott Walker’s state income tax cut, what they’re proposing would amount to a tax shift to the local property tax. Instead Republicans should embrace Walker’s tax cut but not allow the local levy for schools increase. If Republicans do not think in the long-term when it comes to tax strategy, not only will it be bad for the state, it will be bad for the Republicans on election day.

As I explain at the MacIver Institute, they have been down this road before. You would think they would learn.

But for the rest of the state senate, there has to be a sense of déjà vu. In 2006, several Senate Republicans voted against a state constitutional amendment to limit state spending. State Senator Mary Lazich even issued a press release with a poem questioning the proposal early in the debate.

Certainly no small coincidence, Republicans lost control of the state senate later that year. In a sign of things to come, State Representative Ann Nischke lost a mayoral election in the heart of Republican territory, Waukesha, because the Democrat Larry Nelson attacked Madison Republicans for their spending and support for taxes.

Two years later, Republicans lost control of the state assembly and the Democrats were in complete control of Madison. If political parties don’t live up to the expectations of the taxpayers, the taxpayers will hold them accountable.

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