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.
Beware of “The Coming Tax Bomb.”
John Cogan, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan, and Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School, and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush write an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about what’s in store for taxpayers if the Bush tax cuts disappear.
Cogan and Hubbard write:
“Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will drive the personal income tax burden up by 25% – to its highest point relative to GDP in history.
This would be the largest increase in personal income taxes since World War II. It would be more than twice as large as President Lyndon Johnson's surcharge to finance the war in Vietnam and the war on poverty. It would be more than twice the combined personal income tax increases under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The increase would push total federal government revenues relative to GDP to 20%.
Why this large tax increase? The tax code changes enacted in 2001 and 2003 are scheduled to expire at the end of 2010. If they do, statutory marginal tax rates will rise across the board; ranging from a 13% increase for the highest income households to a 50% increase in tax rates faced by lower-income households. The marriage penalty will be reimposed and the child credit cut by $500 per child. The long-term capital gains tax rate will rise by one-third (to 20% from 15%) and the top tax rate on dividends will nearly triple (to 39.6% from 15%). The estate tax will roar back from extinction at the same time, with a top rate of 55% and an exempt amount of only $600,000. Finally, the Alternative Minimum Tax will reach far deeper into the middle class, ensnaring 25 million tax filers in its web.”
Cogan and Hubbard contend a tax increase “is neither wise nor necessary.”
Read their entire piece.
Many solid pieces of legislation failed to survive the 2007-08 legislative session. One of the casualties was a bill I co-sponsored, Assembly Bill 877 (AB 877) that would have allowed retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons.
Retired law enforcement officers and law enforcement departments around the state support this common-sense legislation. These trained men and women have dedicated their professional lives to protect and serve. Why would we deny empowering them to help fight crime in our communities?
Under the bill, law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin could allow retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms. Retired officers would be required to meet certain standards for training and qualification.
I understand that this is a priority for law enforcement around Wisconsin. This legislation is likely to be re-introduced in the next legislative session and will again have my support.
Here is a copy of AB 877.
When many areas of Wisconsin ran out of salt this winter, sand was applied to roads.
Motorcyclists, be advised. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning that the sandy residue on roads will make traveling a bit more adventurous for motorcyclists.
The leftover sand and potholes could result in more crashes this spring.
Read the DOT press release.
Please drive carefully