Taxes

Wisconsin’s legislative session wrapped up early this morning after the state Assembly worked through the night for the second time this week.  With Democrats controlling both the governor’s office and the Legislature for the first time since 1986, the only thing standing in the way of an agenda 24 years in the making was them.  While they united last year to approve $3.1 billion in state tax and fee hikes, a 6.2% increase in government spending and a host of controversial new laws in a budget bill and a budget repair bill, competing priorities, policy divides and voter discontent tripped them up this spring.  That’s both good news and bad news for Wisconsin families and employers.

We finally did our taxes the other day and I was sickened to discover that we are in a tax bracket that the federal government apparently feels the need to bribe with tax gimmicks, credits, and refunds. I almost fell off my chair when I saw that I was getting a “Make work pay” credit.  What the hell is that? The government is giving out credit for people who work for a living?  Is that supposed to appease us and make us forget about all the people the feds credit for NOT working?

I was able to participate in Ron Kind's telephone townhall and I recorded the following clips.  I added the thoughts that occured to me while I was listening to Ron answer voter's questions.  Feel free to leave your own comments to this post if you would like to share your own thoughts.