September 24, 2004

Wisconsin: Squeezing the taxpayer....

Steven Walters summarizes a variety of viewpoints on the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute's recent study on state government spending (7.7% above the national average). The real crunch (and why the spending battles continue at the local and state level): Wisconsin's income is 2.8% below the national average. [75K PDF]

This problem will not improve until our economy is increasingly based on high growth, valued added businesses. Wisconsin's above average government spending was supported for decades by the state's now declining manufacturing base. This change, which will take many years, requires an open mind, a willingness to avoid coddling and subsidizing declining industries, rethinking government spending (consolidating services and making sure the services we provide make sense in the 21st century) and doing everything we can to encourage business formation. It also requires economic and political leadership, which is, in my view, is generally lacking. (see this national example where the NAB has successfully kept public spectrum for TV stations). Note that TV viewer numbers are declining.....

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's latest budget caps the property tax increase @ 2%

Posted by James Zellmer at September 24, 2004 12:01 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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