As entertaining as it is to watch the Democrats running around clucking that the sky is falling, perhaps it is time to bring a little honesty to the budget process.
Democrats are playing their typical tax increase game. If they do not get their tax increases in this year’s budget, they are telling Wisconsinites essentially, “the sky is falling”.
The governor has said that not taking action on a new two-year spending plan would be devastating to such important programs as public schools, transportation, health care and prisons.
What is just as bad, if not worse, is the fact that the media is helping the Democratic cluckers make this claim. Check out these claims in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
No limits on the future property tax levies of cities, counties, towns and villages. Limits that had been in place to control property taxes over the last two years expired on Jan. 1; Doyle had recommended in his budget 4% limits or growth in new construction, whichever is greater.
A potential 50% cut in the number of highway construction projects that could be bid in both the 2008 and '09 construction cycles and "minimal" work to start rebuilding Milwaukee's Zoo Interchange and I-94 from Milwaukee south to the Illinois state line. The governor's budget recommended extensive construction work on those two projects.
Certainly, not passing a budget could very well trigger some of these things happening. However, there are fixes. Unfortunately, MJS is not telling folks about all of these fixes.
As we all know, government has no problems passing spending bills, whether we need them or not. In fact, I am convinced; government knows every trick in the book in order to spend money. No one spends money faster than government officials.
Would it be that difficult for the legislators to pass a bill that would keep the schools moving along without allowing schools to jack the taxes as high as possible?
Of course they can!
Could the legislators pass a tax cap for property taxes, until a budget is passed?
Of course they can!
In fact, a lot can be done to keep state programs moving. The sky is not falling!
By the way, make no doubt about it, the Democrats will do everything in their power to increase your taxes. They have no problems with this budget. Even when their own constituents are hollering, they are ignoring them.
Democratic leaders promise that it will include all of Doyle's tax increases and dozens of new spending programs.
Why am I not surprised?
“Cluck, cluck, cluck!” go the Democrats.
“Up, up, up!” go my taxes!
Let us be perfectly clear, not passing this ridiculous budget is a good thing.
Not passing this budget does not mean that Wisconsin government shuts down. Not passing this budget does not mean that Wisconsin schools will shut down.
School doors will once again open in the fall. Prisoners will still be in prison.
The Democrats and Governor Doyle must be stopped from increasing our taxes. Spending is thru the roof on this budget.
Republicans- we are counting on you to curb the spending and stopping all tax and fee increases. If it means that no budget passes in the near future, so be it!