Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The many ways Walker is in your wallet

Tony Evers is on to something when he calls the ballooning referendum dollars local school taxpayers in Wisconsin are seeking "a Walker tax."

Walker and his GOP legislative allies pose for holy pictures and preen in campaign ad spots claiming to have reduced your taxes, but huge GOP cuts to local schools and state-imposed financial caps leave school boards and parents little choice except making up the shortfalls with more local spending.

Here are other taxpayer expenses correctly labeled 'Walker taxes.'

* That $900+ experts say are added to a Wisconsin resident's annual driving costs in maintenance and repairs traced to poor condition of Wisconsin roads.

Scottholes take money right out of your wallet because Walker has deliberately underfunded road aids, bridge repairs and other state transportation functions..

* The legal fees and lost personal time drained fighting state agencies which have enabled brown tap water, wetland losses and other capitulations to Walker donors big business by a deliberately weakened DNR.

* Including costly multiple battles for land rights, clean air, wetland preservation and Lake Michigan water kicked off by Walker's pet project - -  Foxconn.

* And similar fights over the Menominee River shoreline mining plan, the Meteor sand mine, the Kohler golf course, the Penokee Hills iron ore proposal, and CAFOs from Kewaunee County to the Central Sands.

*  Don't forget the costly legal work to get rid of voter ID and overturn blatant, partisan gerrymandering, and to fight limitations on early voting hours - - key elements in the Walker/GOP blueprint to use state power and public resources to remain in charge.

* And some portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars in personal and public losses in flooding still happening right now across the state can be laid at the doorstep of a Governor who ignored and deleted expertise and warnings that climate change was real and would hit property hard, including infrastructure paid for by taxpayers.

These costs need to be labeled "Walker taxes," all.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget the way Walker uses state planes at his campaign taxi, even taking $2000 when the drive would save many hundreds of dollars and take less than one hour. The lie that Walker is a fiscal conservative was created by his media allies.

Here's the latest report:

Scott Walker’s Brief Presidential Campaign Followed by Even Shorter Taxpayer-Funded Flights

Rich Eggleston said...

An idea for the Evers campaign: An idea patterned after that credit card ad, with the announcer asking, "Is Walker in your wallet?" breaking to a shot of a miniature Walker popping out of the credit card slot of a wallet, and laying waste to the cash inside.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget all the money Walker's cost us by having Attorney General Brad Schimel jump on the bandwagon whenever other red states file suits against the Supreme Court.