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Your Views: History shows what Democrats do to taxpayers

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October 27, 2013

In Wednesday’s State Views, Rep. Kolste wrote that Republicans’ plan to slow the growth of taxes by $13 the first year was “a drop in the ocean.” The Democrats’ proposal for a tax cut of $14 a year was wonderful? Kolste said Democrats “obviously were willing to approve a tax relief plan.”

Really? Democrats pretend they are for a tax cut when they aren’t in power, and they can pay lip service to it. Let’s look at the Democrats’ history when they are in power.

From 2008 to 2010, the state lost 150,000 private-sector jobs, the unemployment rate topped 9 percent and only 10 percent of employers thought Wisconsin was headed in the right direction. Democrats left Wisconsin with a $3.6 billion deficit, hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid bills, double-digit tax increases, record-setting job losses, and robbing money from dedicated funds. That’s why Republicans won the majority.

Had Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the election, we could expect more of what he did to Milwaukee. Milwaukee’s unemployment rate skyrocketed 27 percent and property taxes rose 24 percent under his “leadership.”

During the 2011-12 session, Republicans balanced the $3.6 billion deficit, eliminated the structural deficit, paid off more than $800 million in debt left over by Democrats, and invested $1.2 billion in new state taxpayer spending into Medicaid-related programs.

History shows us that when Democrats are in power we “obviously” don’t get tax cuts. We get $3.6-billion deficits and tax increases.

AMY HOLTERMAN

Milton



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