Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
TO: All elected officials with taxing and spending authority in Franklin and all other WI suburbs
FR: Beleaguered taxpayer Kevin Fischer
RE: Now will you finally get it?
I have written extensively about the incredible tax burden placed upon hard-working taxpayers in our great state. We have earned a horrible reputation nationwide because we have developed a decade’s long pattern of tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. It never ends, a consistent and sole philosophy utilized when budgeting. The concept of cutting or even holding the line is foreign and considered absolutely out of the question. Meanwhile studies show Wisconsin has more folks heading out of state than migrating here, due largely to our heavy tax imposition.
Numbers I’ve crunched show high taxes helped kill Detroit, and Milwaukee is not far behind. But this is no longer just an urban dilemma.
NOTE: Read and apprehend very carefully you suburban tax and spenders who are all too often isolated from what’s truly happening in our economy.
ABC News reports on startling research done by the Brookings Institution that the greatest-growing poor populations in America aren’t in the cities. Not at all, suburbanites. They’re right in your back yard. The crummy economy, high unemployment, foreclosures are no longer off-limits in the suburbs.
I blog about this in the hopes it will have some impact on the powerful tax and spenders in Franklin and elsewhere in wonderful ( but still, Tax Hell) Wisconsin as they now engage in their process of cranking out their annual tax and spend budgets. I do so realizing what they’ve done for so long for so many years is in their blood. They’ve always behaved this way. In the vast majority of cases, there’s been little or no debate or local uprising. So you tax and spenders go merrily along your tax and spending ways.
For once can’t you abandon your ill-begotten reckless ways and be totally cognizant of what’s happening in taxpayer America? Times have radically changed. The people in that beautiful house in that beautiful subdivision with that beautiful family and beautiful landscaping and beautiful picket fence are struggling mightily.
I know in the past you wouldn’t give the people paying the bills a second thought. You probably won’t now. You don’t know any other way but then to tax and spend, tax and spend.
But the issue must be raised, even if the odds are you will do what you always do: look down your noses at the property taxpayers and scoff as you shove another property tax increase down their throats.
You won’t, but I’ll urge anyway that you consider the people you work for as you craft your budgets.
Give your suburban taxpayers a break.