April 22, 2005
I have an idea.
Milwaukee County finances are a mess. Scott Walker, Milwaukee County exec, is running for governor so he apparently feels he must run to the right of Congressman Green. That means no new or higher taxes for any reason. With a $3 million deficit he has a hole to fill. How does he plan to do it? You guessed it. He will cut social services. Why not pick on the poor?
While Walker blames everyone for the deficit, his pals at WE Energies have no problem in raising tens of millions through "taxes" called "rate increases." Residential customers will, according to MJS, pay 7 percent more for energy this year. The "latest increase will raise $54 million as soon as the PSC rubber stamps the request. WE Energies has no hesitation in raising rates. They think, "Hey, our costs are up so stick it to the ratepayers."
If Scott Walker is afraid of raising taxes a little, why not privatize our taxing system. Hand it to WE Energies. They won't hesitate for a minute. So, Scott, why not run on a platform of privatizing Milwaukee County taxes. Or tie your tax rates to utility rates. Makes good sense to me. Run, Scott, run!
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