"NO taxation without representation!"
WHAT happened to a key slogan of our American Revolution? WHY is there TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION right here in Rock and Green counties in Wisconsin today? Do YOU support the idea of taxation without representation? I do NOT! Watching for your comments with much interest.
Be sure you read today’s Gazette article, “Five vying for three BTC Board seats"! (See p. 3A in print edition.)
This is the situation in which persons who are NOT elected levy taxes on property taxpayers in ROCK & GREEN counties! Read carefully – the Rock & Green county board chairs will screen applications to serve on the Blackhawk Technical College board when they meet next Wednesday, March 10 at 5 pm in Room N-2, 5th floor, Rock County Courthouse. The meeting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This is the meeting at which two (2) persons, on behalf of WE THE PEOPLE, appoint persons to LEVY TAXES without further review as they serve on the Board for Blackhawk Technical College! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! This is TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESNTATION!
I need to be sure that I communicate that this is NOT isolated to our Blackhawk Technical College Board. This is the process for each of the sixteen (16) technical college districts throughout WI. (NOTE: 16! And there are 13 two-year campuses in the UW-College system. WHY do we have BOTH?! There is an ongoing “turf” war ongoing between the technical colleges and the UW-colleges! Remember – origi8nally there were the “technical schools,” but they wanted to be “colleges” for public relations and enrollment reasons. Politically that was “popular.” I believe that WE THE PEOPLE – taxpayers – need to pressure the State of Wisconsin to CONSLIDATE the whole UW-College and Technical College systems! TOOOO much wasted MONEY! Our MONEY!
To me, I am totally and completely OPPOSED with ANY situation whatsoever of the authority to LEVY TAXES by any authority which is NOT elected by WE THE PEOPLE! TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS ANTI-AMERICAN! What do YOU think?
I have heard the arguments that it is IMPORTANT to have the special representation on the technical college boards. There are ways to provide that kind of management control without giving the POWER TO LEVY TAXES to that kind of board. WHY NOT have a BOARD OF REGENTS for the Technical College System just like for the University of Wisconsin system? In fact, WHY NOT the SAME Board of Regents? Do we need the duplication? Can we AFFORD the duplication? I THINK NOT!
CHECK THE RECORDS! The technical college districts have had the HIGHEST per centage increases in PROPERTY TAXES among ALL units of government on the property tax bill. WHY? NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION! And, yes, the fact that Governor Jim Doyle has vetoed a CAP on the tax levy of technical college districts while maintaining the CAP on the tax levy for K-12 local school districts. I have NOT heard Governor Doyle explain that one - have you? Hello, Governor Doyle, how about an explanation? (Call the Governor's office and ask for the explanation: 608-266-1212 OR use the "Online Contact Form" DO IT NOW!)
Politically my stance is VERY UNpopular! You should have seen the retiring president of the Blackhawk Technical College when he became “The Hulk” in a situation in which I had advocated that an official position be taken to OPPPOSE the NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION situation in the technical college districts! IF you want to see him as “The Hulk,” JUST “SOUND OFF” about the NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESNTATION situation in our Blackhawk Technical College and ALL technical college districts in Wisconsin! Try it! Forewarned is forearmed!
What about YOU being at the meeting reported in today’s Gazette next Wednesday (3/10)? To clarify why I will not be there, I am teaching at UW-Waukesha – Pol Sci 101 – “Introduction to Politics” and I have class from 6 – 8:45 pm each Wednesday. I have NOT yet figured out how to be in two or more places at the same time. IF you have a technique, LET ME KNOW!
I URGE the resurgence – rejuvenation of the “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” movement right here in our State of Wisconsin! "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!" Here we go.
John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.