The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Stadium Tax Might Live On After 2014

Taxes, Wisconsin

In the paper and on local news the headline “Stadium tax might live on after 2014”


Of course!


Was there ever a doubt?  I sure didn’t think it would end.  Once the Brewers are done with it, the Bucks will need it, then someone else after that.


When have you ever seen the government end its taxation?


Okay a brief history lesson about Wisconsin’s sales tax.  


Here goes (from Wisconsin History: An Annotated Bibliography - Barbara Dotts Paul) - Long opposed in Wisconsin, the sales tax first became a serious campaign issue in 1952.  To help fund the local economy that found Wisconsin not as prosperous as the rest of the country.  By the 1960s, it was a major political issue with practical politics- our roads and schools needed more money.  The baby boomer explosion made the normal growth and consumption patterns burst at the seams.  Something had to be done.


Usher in 1962 and the selective sales tax.  This tax was to be temporary, as the name states, on a select amount of goods.  The tax coming in was a windfall and we found further needs that more taxes could pay for.


Rocket in 1969 and the selective sales tax became general sales tax.  Gone was the wording that it would be temporary and it would be here to stay.


During the 1960s, money needed for education and state programs, such as welfare, brought an increase in state taxes and the first sales tax in Wisconsin.  Spending habits developed in the 1960s to fund public schools, roads and higher education - habits two generations of state and local leaders have been unable to break.


In 24 of the 38 years studied since 1962, the Badger State has been among the top five most-taxed states, including every year since 1991, according to the report based on research done by the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance for the Thiensville-based Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.


Currently Wisconsin has a 5.0% state sales tax, with most of the 72 counties charging an extra 0.5% "County Tax.”  Five counties (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha) have a 0.1% tax that funds the building of Miller Park in Milwaukee.  Brown County (Green Bay) has a 0.5% tax for the reconstruction of Lambeau Field.  Prescriptions, most non-prepared foods (including meat and dairy) are exempt; however, over-the-counter medications are not.


Once you give the government and its politicians’ money, it has already been spent.  They would not know what to do without it.  True, cutting taxes would mean cutting spending, all they really know is how to spend our money!

 Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. - Ronald Reagan  

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