Wisconsin Legislature agrees on little heading into brief 2014 session

  • Article by: SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 1, 2014 - 9:05 AM

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans who control the Wisconsin state Senate and Assembly aren't in agreement on a myriad of issues facing the Legislature in 2014, setting up a session that may be marked more by what doesn't get done that what does.

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mondaveauJan. 1, 1410:15 AM

It sounds like they're doing a great job! Thanks to Wisconsin for being a beacon for the rest of the nation to follow. I'm not sure what the problem is with what to do with the potential (likely) surplus. Don't they have any job creators, entrepreneurs or other productive citizens who could use a tax break and thus further energize their resurgent economy. Oh wait, perhaps there's a better approach. Maybe they should redirect the surplus from hardworking taxpayers to a bunch of losers with a proven track record of making poor decisions with money and a general inclination to squander opportunity. Yep, that's it!

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snowman2795Jan. 2, 14 7:30 AM

You know that work of art called 'The Scream'? That is what I look like when I read about Wisconsin's 'surplus' and just how peachy Gov. Scott Walker is doing. Here's the deal: We in Wisconsin do not have a surplus. Mr. Walker taxed the poor (who spend every penny they get) and gave big breaks to the rich and hard-luck cases like McDonald's Walmart, and even Amazon. Even so these, and other 'job creators' have stayed on vacation as Wisconsin's job creation is the worst in the mid-west, and our unemployment rate is a full two percent higher than Minnesota's. And since Mr. Walker stumbled into office, wages are down 2%, and the UW system is seeing professors and those on a tenure track escape to greener pastures in other states. 1200 escapees in the past two years. Minnesota,which invests in hi-tech instead of 'would like fries with that?" jobs for example, the wage gap has DOUBLED to $12 thousand a year since Mr. Walker (a college drop-out) began his war on educashun, slashing $1.2 billion. Worse as he has slashed and burned giving cash to his donors, revenues have collapsed forcing, Mr. Walker has had to borrow almost $2 billion to keep the lights on. Many of the Walker tax cuts are phony. For example, the $100 million over two years reducing property taxes. It comes to about what you could get at Applebee's--a dinner for 1. Still, you might say, that is better than nothing. Not really. Again, our spend and borrow Governor is doing just that. Worse yet, the property tax relief is being offered through the school allotment formula. Areas that get lots state funding will see some relief. Areas that little funding will see little relief, or even a rise in taxes! Last year's 'relief' saw my taxes rise 10%! Even the Governor's economic development agency is FUBAR. Mr. Walker has had to turf three heads he appointed. Perhaps because tens of millions of dollars were given out in grants and loans, without any record. The agency doesn't know who it gave money to, or on what terms! Gives a whole new meaning to the slogan "Wisconsin is open for business" doesn't it? Okay. I am out of oxygen now. My scream is over. So I'll take a breath and remind you Mr. Walker by refusing federal aid to expand Medicaid, providing coverage to 80 thousand fewer people at a cost of an extra $100 million. Which just makes me scream when I read drivel like what I read in your publication. Get it right. Get into the news business. I can read a Walker news release anytime I want.

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