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Republicans lay out their agenda in Wisconsin



 Political party conventions are a great way to rally the base in advance of elections. They cheer as they agree on common causes with no one there to argue against them. The Wisconsin Republican Party held its state convention in Appleton on Saturday, rattling off a list of priorities they would like to see accomplished. One of the platforms to receive Republican support at the convention was the idea of making Wisconsin an income-tax free state. That sounds great. However, the plan is a little short of specifics. The state is predicted to take in more than $19 billion in income taxes in the current budget, accounting for nearly half of all the money the state takes in. The Republican plan offers no details, or even a hint, on how the state would replace that money if the income tax was abolished. The party also called for the impeachment of the Elections Commission Administrator Meghan Wolfe because she refused to believe the Stop the Steal argument. Wolfe followed the law, but they are still stung by the outcome and can’t let it go. They also approved a resolution called “Male and Female He Created Them” that would bar anyone from using a public locker room or restroom designed for persons of the opposite sex “unless one has been so surgically manipulated as to appear to be one of the opposite biological sex even when naked.” I wonder who is going to determine that. These proposals passed with no debate, but it is easy to reach agreement on contentious issues when everyone in the room is of the same mind.

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. Scopus

    May 20, 2024 at 7:40 am

    do you say this when the democrats do the same thing?

  2. walden

    May 20, 2024 at 2:23 pm

    To be clear, the WI GOP would like to eliminate WI state INDIVIDUAL income taxes, not corporate taxes.

    There are currently 9 other states that have eliminated individual income taxes and replaced them by various means. Those nine other states have become business and retiree magnets and the associated increase of revenue greatly offsets other tax reductions. For example, taxpayers are fleeing Minnesota, California and NY to establish residences in Florida, Texas and Tennessee and paying sales and property taxes in their new domiciles.

    It’s kind of embarrassing to have important background information left out of an article even if it is just an “editorial.” It gives the reader the impression the writer is not doing his subject matter homework or worse.

  3. Tom

    May 20, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Just to be clear, these are Resolutions approved to be sent to the State of WI Republican Delegation to consider to put forward as State Statutes which, has a whole another process before becoming State Statutes (law).

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