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Wisconsin Republican’s Language Does Not Match Reality Over Property Tax Cut

October 11, 2013

I can not recall a more lofty bunch of words used to describe a political move than what took place Thursday at the Wisconsin State Capitol when leading Republicans took to the microphone.  The big news was that homeowners would get $100 million in property tax cuts.  With a state surplus in revenues Governor Walker decided to call a special session of the state legislature to pass the bonanza to state residents.

But unlike the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethons there was not a lot to show after the drum roll and the numbers were released.

The property tax on the median-valued $148,000 home would be about $13 less —  $2,925 — than what it would be under current law on the bill mailed in December,  according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

And the tax bill would be about $20 less — $2,954 — the following December,  the fiscal bureau said.

But some homeowners wouldn’t see any cut. The taxes that homeowners pay vary  across Wisconsin based on home values and where they live.

But one could be excused if they did not know that due to the rhetoric flowing from the podium where leading Republicans stood with Walker.  Never has such grand sentences been gushed out over so little.

Today is a really good day for the taxpayers and the Wisconsin families that we  are lucky enough to represent,” (Speaker Robin) Vos said.

And we are so lucky great minds like yours represent the state.

But not to be outdone, came the words of one who more and more resembles a wax museum face.  Does anyone advise her about the use (or overuse) of cosmetics? I am not trying to be unkind, but  she is not applying correctly.

“I’m very proud to be here,” (State Senator) Darling said. “I know there are going to be a lot  of Democrats supporting this initiative. And we can be saying, ‘On Wisconsin.’  What a great day for Wisconsin.”

Always looking to scorn the educators and schools the GOP will make sure the refund will flow through the school aid formula — but will not  be available for schools to spend.

Now what will I do with my $13.00?

Let me add, in closing, that I am not one who thinks surpluses should be used for political gimmicks such as Walker is proposing.  Rainy day funds are essential for governments to have, and if Walker were smart (I know, I know the gag line is too obvious) he would have allowed the money to work for the state instead of his narrow political ambitions.  The voters of this state are not going to be duped by this political TRICK before an election year.

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