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Seeking Solutions for State Road Budget

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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

A tall man stopped me in the hall of the Capitol. “Can’t you just increase the gas tax?” he asked me. “I’m here to ask my Republican Senator to increase the gas tax. We need to fix the roads.”

Who is Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand Lecture Menomonie, WI

This lecture is part of the Menomonie Community Conversations series.

Dr Tim Schiell, Professor of Philosophy, UW Stout addressed  such questions as: Who is Any Rand? What were her "objectivist" teachings? How do her ideas apply to real world scenarios? Why has she inspired so many devoted followers but also so many rabid critics? What do you think of Rand's philosophy?

Where a Median-Income Wisconsinite's State Income Tax Dollars Went in 2016

When Wisconsin's legislature crafts the state budget every two years, it relies in part on state income tax payments from about 2.5 million households. In 2016, Wisconsinites paid $7.7 billion in state income taxes. These funds accounted for about 51 percent of the state's general purpose revenue, with the rest coming from other sources, including sales taxes, alcohol and cigarette taxes, and taxes on utility bills.

On the 4th - a quick reminder from Neil Young

Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Children of Destiny (Official Music Video)

One of the things that makes this country truly great is the will of the people.  Don't forget to exercise it.

Senate gives up on Healthcare vote before recess

Citing a lack of votes, the Senate has postponed voting on their recent healthcare bill.

Fight for Fair Maps in Eau Claire

Redistricting Reform Meeting Eau Claire

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on Gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and the latest news is that the case will be heard in early October. A meeting was held in Eau Claire last week in which Sachin Cheda (heading up the lawsuit) and Wendy Sue Johnson (one of the plaintiffs) did a presentation about fair maps in Wisconsin, the lawsuit, and what people can do to promote fair maps in the state. 

Senate Health Care Bill has been released

As expected, the Senate version of the Republican Health Care Bill has been released. It is 142 pages long, so I have not yet had time to read it, but there is a summary at the Senate Budget website - the link is included. Note that the summary is written in Republican Happyspeak so that it sounds wonderful - like it will fix our healthcare problems, save you all a lot of money, and include a free trip to Disneyland for everyone.

Will Wisconsin’s Future Children Receive an Equal Education?

BySenator Kathleen Vinehout Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes. Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack of agreement on public education. They say no progress can happen until they round up necessary votes for the education portion of the budget. Privately, some GOP lawmakers are also angling to spend money on a big change to business personal property taxes.

Paul Ryan Says ‘Death Tax' Hurts Wisconsin Small Businesses. IRS Data Shows Otherwise

Paul Ryan

by Cezary Podkul ProPublica, June 7, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

Does the estate tax really hurt small businesses? House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks so.

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