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The state of Wisconsin is projected to have a $545 million deficit next year.  So what has Scott Walker and his fellow teapublicans just proposed in a special legislative session he just called?  He claims that there will be a $100 million surplus this year and wants to use it to cut property taxes.  The effect on the average home owner? It would lower their property tax by $13 this year but taxes next year would go up so the net effect would be an increase of $11 more.

Walker told reporters "let's go big and bold" and have a dramatic impact on people when they pay their property taxes!

So how is spending more money this year going to save money next year with that large of a deficit projected?  

Could the coming election for Governor of Wisconsin have something to do with it?  Coincidentally, millionaire Democrat Mary Burke announced her run for governor of Wisconsin on Monday.  Then a couple of days later, Walker calls for a special legislative session to cut property taxes.

Another problem with this proposal is the haste in which Walker and the teapublicans want to pass this.  They want to get this done in a week which means that the public, Democrats and schools would have little time to evaluate this plan.

Furthermore, would this plan actually benefit schools that have been harmed by past cuts in education or would the state economy be better off keeping the money to help reduce the projected deficit?  The real deciding factor so far seems to be how much this measure will help Walker get re-elected as governor of Wisconsin.

Originally posted to mollyjb on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 07:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  So just wait a minute there Scotty and company. (6+ / 0-)

    You're going to go big and bold? A grand total of 24$ over two years is big and bold? Excuse me please.


    Whew. That's funny. Now just what is in this Big and Bold plan? Details Scott. You know those piddling litltl things called facts and real world effects and unintended consequences. Show us those please. I'm fairly certain they are even more hilarious in a dark sort of way to the Big and bold 24$ statement.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 08:04:10 AM PDT

  •  Amen. Since when is $24 saved a big deal? (5+ / 0-)

    when judged against the thousands or even millions of dollars  homeowners spend on their homes over the year, 24 dollars is a rounding error. its nice, but its not like you are saving thousands or hundreds of thousands. and it's another case, of 'save a small amount now, pay a lot later' that seems to be Walkers MO. if we do indeed have a surplus- which I highly doubt- then that money should go into the rainy day fund and saved for when it is needed. if we don't actually have a surplus, then Walker is again spending borrowed money to make himself look good. not that he really has done anything to bolster his approval, he's banking on tons of money and getting out his rabid backers.

  •  Exactly...this is more of the same... (4+ / 0-)

    ...FitzWalkerstan payback economics (payback to wealthier) election donators...think Koch Bros cabal etc., This is just more of the ignoreconomic crap number crunching as before. Remember the $250M He took away from public education and gave to same to wealthist campaign donners and the constant TV ads through his stay in Madison pimping up his job production numbers that have little contact with reality. This most recent $100M gimmick is just that a fool's folly...the average property tax payer will "save" (not get back) $13. big ones. That's 2-beers and a hotdog for us average types...but for the high rollers...big...Big property owners it's probably thousands! But it makes for front-page news (see LaCrosse Tribune 11 Oct.) today.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 08:28:49 AM PDT

  •  And it might work. (5+ / 0-)

    Seriously -- this might get him elected.

    The people residing in the state of my youth never ceases to amaze me in their ability to vote against their own interest.

    All they'll hear is "cut property tax" and they won't bother to learn more about it -- or understand that it will come out to $11.

    And the Urinal-Sentinel won't have any real information either.  I was just home visiting my parents a couple of weeks ago and jeez...that paper isn't even good enough for birdcage liner.

  •  MO (2+ / 0-)
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    Another problem with this proposal is the haste in which Walker and the teapublicans want to pass this.  They want to get this done in a week which means that the public, Democrats and schools would have little time to evaluate this plan.
  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 04:03:40 PM PDT

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