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Flat tax, local sales tax, appear gone from WI budget



We don’t yet know what the next state budget will look like. In fact, legislative leaders haven’t even started deliberating Governor Tony Evers’ spending plan, which they will likely gut and start over. But we are beginning to get a clear picture of what the budget will, and will not, look like. It appears the coveted Flat-tax favored by many Republicans will not make it into the Legislature’s budget, perhaps because of the almost-certain veto Evers would issue. There is plenty of room for compromise on tax reduction, and now is a good time to finally act, with the state sitting on a more than $7 billion surplus. There are better ways to reduce our tax burden, and to make it more fair, than adopting a flat-tax which would almost exclusively benefit the wealthiest of filers. Also apparently already gone from the budge is Evers’ idea to allow Wisconsin’s biggest cities to implement their own sales tax. Under the plan, two dozen Wisconsin cities would be allowed to adopt a half cent sales tax, while counties could double their sales tax to one percent. Wisconsin has one of the highest tax burdens in the country. Now, with the state’s largest ever budget surplus, is the time to figure out a way to lessen that tax burden, not increase 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. Colleen LeBlanc

    March 7, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Scott Robert Shaw makes such sensible comments. This time is no exception. He should be advising our legislators on his common sense approaches to dealing with social and financial issues in WI and local politics.

  2. Darin

    March 7, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    Once again, the state should never (ever) HAVE a surplus. That means it’s leeching more from the private sector than it needs.

  3. nick

    March 8, 2023 at 8:29 am

    I have said this before. The county sales tax in Florida worked well.
    The county had to get buy in from the voters, state what the money could be used for and could only use it for three purposes.
    I would vote yes especially if it went to education.
    The revenue should be used to provide a quality education stressing critical thinking not woke ideas.
    We, as a nation, are falling farther behind.
    China wants smart people to take over the world; that is their goal.
    We as a country better wake up quick to how dangerous this world has become

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