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Friday, December 02, 2005

Walker and Green get the gas-tax coverage they crave

Wisconsin Governor hopefuls Scott Walker: Tosa Ranger and Mark ♥s Tom DeLay Green have finally gotten themselves a giant page A2 story in the newspaper on the gas tax. You may recall that Walker, in particular, has been furious that there's been no media coverage of his trying to steal Spencer Black's idea (an idea stolen previously by Tim Capenter and, most recently Tom Reynolds). Owen and Jessica, to name two, have been crowing abou the lack of media coverage for Scott Walker's unoriginal idea for weeks.

So this story today should settle their hash a little bit, right? Probably not, since it's Spivak and Bice, and they have the goods:
Politicians sure do love bragging about their track records. Except when those records come back to bite them.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott Walker and Mark Green have spent the past week trying to one-up each other with their plans to get rid of the annual automatic increase in the state gas tax.

But back in the '90s when the two could have actually done something about the gas tax index as state lawmakers, what did these ambitious politicians do? Not a thing.

In September 1997, the two voted for the state budget bill that increased the gas tax by 1 cent and boosted the index by tying the automatic hikes to inflation. Then less than a year later, both Walker and Green voted to table a proposed amendment that would have suspended the automatic increases and cut the gas tax rate by 1.6 cents per gallon if the feds boosted state transportation funding by $70 million.
Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop.

Just waiting now to see the Walker water-carriers in the Cheddarsphere explode about this one . . .

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