Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Guest opinion: Pasch's claims ring false

July 17, 2013

In a recent column State Rep. Sandy Pasch argues Wisconsin Republicans have passed a "backwards budget." The article contains numerous inaccuracies and misleading statements; therefore it's important to set the record straight.

Let's start with the statement "it gives special favors to predatory payday loan shops."

Nope. It is not in Wisconsin's 2013-2014 biennial state budget, Act 20.

How about "It hands out a massive tax break targeted towards our wealthiest residents."

Let's look at the facts. The budget cuts the lowest income tax bracket by 0.2 percent. The three middle income tax brackets are combined into two and the rate for the middle groups is cut by an average of 0.34 percent. The highest tax bracket rate is only cut by 0.1 percent.

Does this sound like a tax break targeted toward our wealthiest residents?

On education, Rep. Pasch writes the state could have increased funding for public education by $275 per pupil.

In reality, over the two-year budget, the increase is $250 to $300 per pupil. In the latest data available, Wisconsin ranks in the upper third of states in per-pupil spending.

Rep. Pasch uses the term "extreme" to describe the current state budget six times in her column and states that "they (Republicans) chose to once again ignore the will of the people."

If the will of the people is so important, why did Assembly Democrats direct employees in the Legislative Reference Bureau to draft over 200 amendments to the budget and not introduce them? Don't the people have the right to know why hundreds of staff hours were wasted drafting amendments that weren't even brought forward?

Finally, Rep. Pasch complains that "Wisconsin remains dead last in the Midwest in job growth."

Then why did she and her colleagues in the state Legislature vote against the mining bill, which is projected to bring hundreds of family supporting jobs to a part of the state that really needs them while helping businesses in southeast Wisconsin that supply the mining industry?

In reality, the two budgets passed by Gov. Scott Walker and the legislature have put Wisconsin on more sound economic footing than we have enjoyed in a long time.

We have cut taxes, frozen University of Wisconsin System tuition, stabilized the Veterans Trust Fund and addressed a $3.6 billion budget shortfall left by the previous administration.

Jim Ott (R-Mequon) is a District 23 state representative.

Community Watch

» Nicolet board approves shared superintendent agreement 12:04 PM

» Solar energy interest is heating up in Shorewood 4/27

» North Shore Sports Shorts: April 28 4/27

» DOT to host hearing on intersection of Brown Deer, Green Bay roads 4/27

» Soccer rivalry heats up on cold night as Nicolet and Bay girls tie, 1-1 4/27

» Youthful Nicolet soccer team off to 8-1 start 4/26

» 26-year-old killed in shooting on Glendale border 4/26

» Teachers continue scholarship program on their own 4/26

» Davis officially retires as Nicolet swim coach 4/26

» New version of Peter Pan to debut at Homestead High School 4/26

» Shorewood's former Village Pub will reopen in May as Cloud Red Updated:  4/26

» Whitefish Bay restaurant Moxie to open in late summer 4/25

» Shared superintendent proposal between Fox Point-Bayside and Nicolet weighed Updated:  4/25

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay 4/25

» How referendums expand the gap between haves and have-nots 4/23

» Whitefish Bay ranked top high school in Wisconsin Updated:  4/22

» Fox Point-Bayside board wants to hire Nicolet administrators under shared services agreement Updated:  4/22

» Shorewood schools cracking down on false addresses Updated:  4/21

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Realignment in area conferences and the status of girls/women's basketball in Wisconsin 4/21

» SPORTS SHORTS: April 21 4/20

» Competition fierce in North Shore Conference boys golf this spring 4/20

» North Shore area boys tennis teams ready to roll 4/20

» Video: Bavarian Bierhaus to open with new beer hall, brewery in Glendale Updated:  4/20

» Brown Deer has secret sculpture garden 4/20

» Homestead girls soccer team hangs on to beat Germantown, 3-2 4/19

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Most Popular