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Time to return growing state surplus to taxpayers



The pile of money keeps getting bigger. No, we’re not talking about the latest lottery jackpot, but the Wisconsin state surplus. It had been estimated the state’s surplus stood at $5 billion leading up to the election. It is now forecast to reach $6.5 billion by summer and nearly $10 billion by 2025. This is good news, putting the state in the best financial position it has ever been. But it also means the state is just sitting on our money, and so far has rejected plans to return it to taxpayers. Governor Evers had proposed sending rebate checks to taxpayers, but the Legislature quickly dismissed that idea. Some suggest our lawmakers wouldn’t agree to anything the Governor proposed to do with the money, because they didn’t want him to be able to take credit for it. They expected to win the Governor’s race, and with a Republican-controlled Legislature could approve tax cuts and take all the credit. Well, that didn’t happen, and the surplus still sits there, with lawmakers remaining out of session until next year. It is time for our lawmakers to return this money to taxpayers, perhaps in the form of permanent tax cuts. It shouldn’t matter who gets credit for it.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Nick verry

    November 22, 2022 at 6:14 am

    The first thing, the moral imperative is to fix the pfa’s problem for all residents in the state of Wisconsin.

  2. Nick Berry

    November 22, 2022 at 9:44 am

    The time is now to fix the PFAS contamination not only for French Island but for any location in the state of Wisconsin.

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