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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Republican priorities, revisited

In the grand scheme of things, I know that $300,000 is nothing:
State government may have a long-term deficit of $1.2 billion, but don't tell that to legislators who keep offering new election-year new tax credits and tax breaks. One of them is AB 1084, which would exempt so-called "right to purchase" season tickets to University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University games from the 5% state sales tax. [. . .] Offering the tax break for the Madison and Milwaukee college teams are Republican Reps. Phil Montgomery of Ashwaubenon and Sheryl Albers of Reedsburg. It gets a late-session public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday before the Assembly Ways and Means Committee in Room 300 Northeast of the Capitol.
But if you happen to be in the Capitol this morning, and want to stop by the hearing, I'd appreciate it if you repeated this challenge to the bill's sponsors. About the "concealed carry" legislation, Governor Doyle said as he vetoed it,
The bill does not create a single job, help a single Wisconsin citizen afford health care or improve schools for a single Wisconsin child.
How does this tax break do that?

And do the UW and Marquette really need that much help selling season tickets that our legislature needs to get involved?

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