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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 statement that going after collective bargaining for public workers was the first step in his plan to divide and conquer was made to billionaire roofing and siding wholesaler Diane Hendricks, who had asked him, "Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work? What can we do to help you?" While the things Hendricks has done to help Scott Walker personally include more than $500,000 in campaign contributions, she's apparently much less interested in helping Wisconsin by paying corporate taxes.

Despite annual sales of around $5 billion, Hendricks' company, ABC Supply, paid nothing in state corporate income tax between 2005 and 2008, the most recent years for which the information was available.

Given that a company as large as ABC Supply was paying nothing in state corporate income tax well before Walker took office, it's hard to imagine what corporate taxes were left to be cut or what loopholes businesses didn't already have access to, but Walker has passed $1.6 billion in corporate tax breaks over the next 10 years.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu May 17, 2012 at 06:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, Progressive Hippie, and Daily Kos.

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