Dispute Continues Over Milwaukee Stimulus Money – WISN Milwaukee

January 28, 2009

Dispute Continues Over Milwaukee Stimulus Money – Milwaukee News Story – WISN Milwaukee.

Supervisor Weishan finally chimes in and what does he have to say? Nothing really. He’s predictably in favor of higher taxes. He obviously doesn’t understand what is in the federal stimulus bill and he somehow thinks that its going to lead to, “job creation that’s so desperately needed in the Milwaukee area.”

Please Mr. Weishan explain to us exactly how the federal government giving money to the county government is going to create jobs for Milwaukee. That money will undoubtedly come with strings attached, strings that will require local taxes to go up or cuts to be made in other areas. We all know you aren’t going to be in favor of cutting anything in the bloated county budget so that leaves you with your favorite option… Time to raise the taxes!

What we need are real jobs in Milwaukee. Real jobs from real employers with real budgets. What we certainly don’t need are more government jobs for government employees who will receive bloated government benefits, excessive government pensions and guaranteed job security all at the taxpayer’s expense. The way to get those real jobs is to give a tax cut to the people who pay taxes.

Letting taxpayers keep more of their money is what will stimulate the economy. Letting business owners keep more of their money will let them expand their business, spend more on advertising or on whatever they feel will best suit their needs. An immediate cut in payroll taxes will relieve stressed family budgets nationwide which will create a ripple effect through the entire economy.

Funneling money through Wasington D.C. won’t lead to any lasting economic stimulus. Increasing our national debt by the biggest lump sum in history certainly won’t create any economic stimulus and it will act as an anchor on our economic growth for decades to come.

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War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4

January 28, 2009

War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee.

It looks like Lee Holloway’s got his undies in a bunch. He’s blaming Scott Walker for the “leak” of the Coggs/Clark inaugeration trip, accusing Walker of trying to take the media’s attention off of his position on the federal “stimulus” package.

Holloway just doesn’t understand.

Walker doesn’t want to take attention off of his position on what makes up real stimulus, this issue is going to be a big winner for him but tax-and-spend types like Holloway can’t comprehend that.

This story about Coggs and Clark was going to come out one way or another. I have no idea if Walker tipped off the media or not but if he did, so what? What Supervisors Coggs and Clark did was an abuse of power and an example of corruption in public office. Since when is exposing such behavior the wrong thing to do?

Oh, that’s right, when it also throws egg on Holloway’s face. He is the one who signed off on their little trip.

Meanwhile Supervisor Borkowski is trying to play referee, defending Coggs and Clark because they’ve apologized. Grow a spine Borkowski, playing peacemaker may win you some brownie points with Holloway and his cronies but you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Now that they’ve been caught they’re trying desperately to hold onto their jobs by asking forgiveness and paying the money back. The only problem is that restitution doesn’t undo the breach of trust. They betrayed the taxpayers of Milwaukee County and they should face the consequences. Repaying the costs of the trip is the least that they should be doing. If it were my Supervisor who’d pulled such a stunt there’d be recall efforts underway at this very moment.

Speaking of my Supervisor, where is Weishan? He’s been deathly silent for weeks, including on this latest flap from the County Board. Oh wait, he likes to fly under the radar doesn’t he? As most of the rest of the board does as well. That lets them get away with their plans to stick it to the taxpayer all the easier.

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News

January 23, 2009

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s take on this is right on the money. Pardon the pun. The taxpayers of Milwaukee County are not in a position to be paying for these types of trips, especially during a major event such as the inauguration when prices are inflated due to high demand.

If Supervisors Clark and Coggs wanted to be in D.C. for the inauguration then they should have taken personal trips and paid their own way. They’ve used taxpayer money for their personal enjoyment. This type of misconduct in office should not be tolerated, I hope their constituents remember this in the next election.

Don’t use stimulus to build in swell budgets – JSOnline

January 19, 2009

Don’t use stimulus to build in swell budgets – JSOnline.

If you’re looking for some common sense applied to the question of a federal bailout for state and local governments then this piece by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker should certainly satisfy you.

Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee “Happy Hour” – Come Support Scott Walker!

January 15, 2009

The Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee will be holding their monthly “Happy Hour” get together tonight at 5:30pm. The special guest this month is Scott Walker. This will be a great opportunity to meet other conservatives in the Milwaukee area, grow your network, and most important of all right now its a great chance to come and show your support for Scott Walker! He’s come under fire from the unions and liberal activist groups for his resolute stance against the Obama federal “stimulus” package. As conservatives we know that the federal government doesn’t create wealth, private citizens do, so when they take our money and redistribute it we’re heading in the wrong direction. Especially when the recipients are other governments which will waste the money and/or raise local taxes to keep programs going that were started with federal money.

Scott needs our support and we need you to get involved in the local conservative movement! Come on down tonight and join us!

Where?
Karma – 600 East Ogden Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
When?
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 5:30pm-8pm

Read more about the Conservative Young Professionals: http://www.milwaukeeconservatives.com

Vote NO on Nov. 4th! Don’t be fooled!

November 3, 2008

Milwaukee County voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4th, will vote on this non-binding referendum:

“Shall the State of Wisconsin grant Milwaukee County the authority to provide property tax relief of at least sixty-seven million dollars ($67 million) by levying a one percent county use and sales tax to be used to remove the following three items from the property tax levy: parks, recreation and culture; transit; and emergency medical services (EMS)?”

I’ve created a Facebook Group to try to rally people together here in Milwaukee County against the County Board’s sales tax increase plan.

Click here to go to the Facebook Group: Vote NO on Nov. 4th – Don’t be fooled!

The Milwaukee County Board has placed a very misleading referendum question on the ballot for this Nov. 4th. They want to TRIPLE the county’s sales tax from .5% to 1.5%. This increase will amount to an additional $130 million of sales tax on goods and services sold in Milwaukee County each year (by the county’s estimates).

The referendum question implies that we will see property tax relief from this sales tax increase. Notice however that they state right in the question that they’re only planning on a property tax levy reduction of half of the amount of the new sales tax. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that we will see ANY property tax reduction at all as the County Board can always change their mind at any time.

The current .5% county sales tax was passed in 1991 with a similar promise of property tax relief but from 1992 to 2007 the property tax levy was increased by almost 71%! That’s more than $100 million per year in additional property taxes. What happened to the relief we were promised in the 90’s? There’s no reason not to expect the same thing to happen again if the County Board gets their way this time.

Vote NO on the Milwaukee County Sales Tax Referendum!

Milwaukee’s Transportation Dream That Never Was

October 30, 2008

Take a look at this map. (Courtesy of wisconsinhighways.org) Read the legend and then give the map a good, long look. Wow. How great would it be to have the Bay Freeway? So many opportunities to improve our transportation infrastructure. If we weren’t all crammed through a single corridor, a single interchange… Things could be a lot better than they are.



A message from Chuck Norris

October 29, 2008

I tried embeding it but I guess WordPress doesn’t like Flash code so here’s the link!

http://blip.tv/file/1400033/

McIlheran hits it with “County must try to shed labor costs”

October 24, 2008

Journal/Sentinel columnist Patrick McIlheran has hit a home run with his recent column: County must try to shed labor costs. He cites a recent report by the Public Policy Forum that reveals that even if Milwaukee County taxpayers were subjected to the maximum property tax levy increases year after year the county would still find itself falling deeper into the hole as a result of the rising costs of the benefits required by union contracts (primarily pension and health care).

Of his many excellent points (many of which I’ve argued myself in the past) the one that boils it down is this:

Is the county’s purpose to be a good provider of well-compensated jobs, or is it mainly about providing public services at rates taxpayers can afford?

County Executive Scott Walker is trying to move us in a direction that can bring the county back into balance but the county board, as always, is obstructing with their lack of vision and blind devotion to the unions. Their preferred solution is to increase taxes and hope that things work out. What we need is leadership from the county board to throw off the shackles of rising personnel costs.

The Right View WI – Milwaukee County Board Meets in “Secret” – Overrides Veto of Sales Tax Ref.

September 4, 2008

I just posted a piece on The Right View WI about the County Board’s vote to override County Executive Walker’s veto of the sales tax referendum. Supervisor Weishan was among those who voted to override.

You can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/5fgaqm