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Letter: Democrats rejected tax cut, Skyward

1:28 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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What Sen. Julie Lassa, Rep. Katrina Shankland and Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink voted against: A $651 million income tax cut. Sure, it favors the wealthy, but the wealthy pay 70 percent of our income taxes. Those who are not wealthy will still receive a significant tax cut.

Remember your last income tax cut? Nope, not under Gov. Jim Doyle and a Democrat-led Legislature. A $30 million tax credit for parents who send their children to private schools, and who pay both private school tuition and public school property taxes.

A $150 per pupil increase in fiscal year 2014 and a $150 per pupil increase in fiscal year 2015 for public schools. For our district, that comes to a $2.1 million increase in spending over two years. Please remember that Doyle cut per-pupil spending. President Barack Obama "gave" our district over $1 million, and it went to teachers' salaries and benefits. Please remember, that was before Act 10.

Lastly, and no doubt the most hypocritical vote our "representatives" took - all three of them voted to throw Skyward to the wolves, and adopt the ill-fated single vendor option loved by state school superintendent Tony Evers. A Republican in the Joint Finance Committee pushed a motion to do away with the single-vendor option. It became part of the budget. Lassa, Shankland and Vruwink all voted that motion down, by voting against the budget. Are these your values?

Dave Dailey

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