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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Walker's War on the Elderly, Rural, Middle Income and Poor of Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Tax System Exacerbates Growing Gap between Rich and Everyone Else WI Budget Project

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:02 AM by 


...Wisconsin’s middle class, once one of the strongest in the country, has shrunk more quickly than in any other state. That trend should set off alarm bells for state policymakers, who should be using the tax system and other tools to help people work their way up the economic ladder. Instead, state lawmakers have focused on passing tax cuts that give big benefits to powerful special interests and do little or nothing to improve the lives of Wisconsin residents with modest incomes.  ...

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If you can't pay for it you can't have it -- Market Economy versus Market Society: Inequality and Civic Decisions - TED - Michael Sandel


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I can't prove it but I can suspect it (with enough time and effort I think I could prove it) ... rural communities vote for politicians, such as Walker, who promise tax cuts and in truth they probably deliver.  However, the tax cuts do not fall proportionately on the population but instead go to "wealthy" via property tax reductions and the "high income" since the "rural" or "low income" are seldom targeted to benefit.

The politicians count on most voting citizens to know nothing about the benefit or the cost distribution or the local government (schools, etc.) or personal or corporate incidence of tax policy.

This is the real shell game ... supposedly giving you what you want but putting the prize under the cup that only the wealthy have asked for or know about.

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Median pay for state's prison staff dropped nearly 13 percent since 2009

Guess where they mostly live?  Guess who sees schools shrink?

Report: 1 In 5 Children Struggle To Get Enough To Eat In WI: Summer Months Without School Meals Are Especially Acute - June 7, 2016, By Danielle Kaeding


Too bad Kids do not know how to play:  Pay To Play > Governor Walker

One in 5 children in Wisconsin struggles with access to enough food, according to the most recent report from the Economic Research Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Northern Wisconsin counties are seeing even higher rates of children looking for a meal than the rest of the state, especially during the summer months. In counties like Ashland, Bayfield and Burnett, roughly 1 in 4 children struggle to get enough food. ...



May 03, 2016 ... Group Health marches toward "Wisconsin being self-insured" !


The insuring "parties" will still be the same or another/different middleman making a profit -- same Doctors, same Hospitals, etc.  Will Wisconsin save money?  Doubt it.  More likely to translate into "coverage dematerialization" and reduce rural service incentives and higher costs for everyone.  Governor Walker has found a new way to "create death panels" by his usual "stealth techniques".  "Savings" will be hidden in higher co-pays and deductibles, or denials of life saving treatments/medicines.  Those in rural Wisconsin, insured presently or not, will find there costs rising.

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Who Wins From Walker Tax Cuts?

Your Neighbors In Rural Wisconsin ... Right !
*Those with taxable incomes of less than $50,000 will get an average tax cut of $82. Why that’s important: Half of all taxpayers who owe taxes have taxable incomes of $50,000 or less." ...
The top 20% ....
*Those with taxable incomes of between $100,000 and $150,000 will get an average tax cut of $335. About 12 percent of taxpayers who owe taxes have incomes in this range.
*Those with taxable incomes of between $150,000 and $200,000 will get an average tax cut of $453. They make up about 4 percent of taxpayers who owe taxes.
*Those with taxable incomes of more than $200,000 will get an average tax cut of $892. They also make up about 4 percent of taxpayers who owe taxes.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013


Walker's War on the Elderly, Rural, Middle Income and Poor of Wisconsin - Raise Sales Tax

12/26/2015 ... Be aware -  anytime Walker takes something away from one group, say your School Board, County Board, Teachers or state employees he is lowering the common denominator.  Others not in those groups have less control of their lives.  Your benefits or privileges are affected too.

1/1/2015 - MJS:  The myth of Scott Walker as a budget guru







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5/27/2016  The top 20% of persons, households benefiting from Walker's tax cuts/plans probably mostly live in three Wisconsin Counties: Ozaukee, Waukesha and Washington they have median family incomes of $90K, $89K and $77K (1/2 make more and 1/2 make less).  Those three counties have roughly 10% of the households in the state


1/22/2014 Walker's "State of the State" essentially meaningless.  Who paid the $1 billion in taxes collected that now may be distributed.  By that I mean incidence - wealthy or poor, elderly and/or rural residents?

1/24/2014 - The top 20% of Wisconsin wage earners — those making more than $88,000 a year and paying the most in taxes now — would receive 44% of the benefit of Gov. Scott Walker's latest proposed tax cuts, a new analysis shows.
The bottom 20% of state residents by income — those making below $21,000 a year and paying the least in taxes now — would receive 5% of the $504.6 million Walker wants to cut in property and income taxes, according to the review by the liberal Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy and the Wisconsin Budget Project.

Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/headlines/top-wage-earners-taxpayers-get-biggest-benefit-from-walker-tax-cuts-b99191408z1-241905661.html#ixzz2rXvWTJZE

Scott Walker: Eliminating income tax, raising sales tax on the table


In the printed version of WSJ under the label "Tax Reform" the Wisconsin State Journal headlines "Gov. Walker eyes more cuts".  The subtitle "His administration is exploring the idea of eliminating income tax while raising sales taxes in Wisconsin".

I don't know whether this is just another trial ballon or just an illustration of Governor Walker continuing to pander to the elites and 1%.

Who would such a change harm or have the greatest impact on.
  • Middle and low-income families.
  • Those living on fixed incomes, i.e., pensions, Social Security, et al, (double whammy).
  • Those generally living in rural counties and communities
I suspect a lot of people do not realize that those on Social Security in this state pay practically no income tax - this "perk/subsidy" was passed by Democrats and signed by Governor Doyle.
All social security benefits that are taxable for federal purposes. Up to 85% of social security benefits are subject to federal tax, but Wisconsin does not tax social security benefits. For taxable years beginning in 2008 or after, all federally taxable social security benefits are allowed as a subtraction.  page 5 of report in the link
Income tax in this state is mildly "progressive" which means the more you earn you pay at a higher tax rate by brackets.  Everybody pays on earned income at the low end.

I will probably add to my comments and observations as this "topic" continues to evolve.
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12/21/13 some data

Governor Walker’s Tax Shift Plan Would Raise Taxes for Most 

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