Tuesday, April 18, 2006

WMC Distorts Tax Picture

Wisconsin Manufacturer’s and Commerce distorts Wisconsin’s tax situation while at the same time accusing the Governor of doing the same thing. The Governor put out a press release touting the fact that according to the U.S. Census that Wisconsin now ranks less in terms of total tax burden. According to those records Wisconsin has moved down from 12th place to 15th on Doyle’s watch.

WMC’s gripe is that another source (the Tax Foundation) ranks Wisconsin 7th highest. This shows us that WMC doesn’t mind engaging in their own distortion. They fail to mention how the same study shows that Wisconsin’s highest tax burden was on Republican watch. Yes that’s right, as we reported last week. The tax burden was highest when Tommy Thompson was governor and Mark Green was in the legislature. The very study that they cite shows that Wisconsin’s tax burden ranking has steadily fallen under Doyle. All of this while balancing a monstrous budget inherited by the impulsive spending GOP.

If they were not a simple tool of the Republican Party, they would give Doyle an award or something. Unfortunately they seem content to distort about alleged distortions.


grumbleberries said...

I wish we wouldn't use the words "tax burden". Taxes are the dues we pay in order to live in a civilized society. Tax "responsibility"? I don't know but burden is cowering to the Republican branding of taxes!
Just a friendly suggestion!

Cory Liebmann said...

great point! i agree and i wish that i would have thought of it!