Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Is latest tax report good news or not?


A report from the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance (WISTAX) certainly sounds like good news. WISTAX reports, “
Over the past 15 years, Wisconsin’s tax ranking among the 50 states fell from third in 1993 to 14th in 2007.”

A WISTAX headline reads, “State Tax Rank Out of Top 10 for Second Consecutive Year.”

WISTAX provides its usual thorough and comprehensive analysis. However, I would urge caution before any champagne corks are popped.

WISTAX also reports, “The study was based on Census Bureau figures from 1993 to 2007, the most recent year for which data are available.” That means data from 2008, 2009 and the 2009-11 state budget when Wisconsin continued to adopt large tax and spending increases was not included.

My guess is when the fine folks at WISTAX crunch those numbers, kiss the rosy headlines goodbye.

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