April 5, 2003
No new taxes
Governor Doyle takes every bit of bad news--such as the prediction that sales tax revenues will be down this year--as an opportunity to repeat his mantra, "No new taxes. No increase in taxes." Ok, Houdini, if the predictions are correct, what is going to happen to Wisconsin's reputation for being a high service state? How will we keep class sizes small for children in the early grades? How will we keep the worst tax of all, property taxes, frozen? Can't do it.
So, how about Plan B? Is there a Plan B? Believe me, the answers will not come from the Joint Finance Committee.
Why not convene a statewide meeting? I'm not talking about another one of those "listening sessions." Let's have a blue ribbon committee composed of people from throughout the state, brought together to come up with a real plan. Anything other than the mantra would be refreshing.
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