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We are set to have the sales tax increase in
Now it was billed as a need for 1% sales tax increase to help the homeowner out and help the parks. Remember parks people. Now it is about PORK! And not the kind that Patrick Cudahy sells!
Well it looks like the “seed of greed - TAXES” is not going to be just for parks after all. Please take note to the “Parks Left Out” section.
“Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett supports sharing sales-tax revenue among all county municipalities for public safety”
Question for you:
If the money goes to for public safety for
Assembly Democrats dialed back a proposed sales tax increase for Milwaukee County, voting to allow the sales tax to rise 0.65% but not the full 1% recommended earlier by legislators, according to information released early Thursday morning.
Most of the sales tax increase — 0.5% — would go for
The Joint Finance Committee last month recommended increasing the sales tax 1% to pay for buses, parks and public safety.
Democrats who control the Assembly also approved pork for their districts late Wednesday as they all but finished their version of the state budget they will take up Thursday.
Details of the amendments were released by the office of Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville) after the Democrats' closed-door meeting broke up early Thursday morning.
The biggest spending items included in a list of "targeted investments" were: $700,000 for a biotech incubator included by Rep. John Steinbrink (D-Pleasant Prairie); $500,000 for transit in Sheboygan County included by Rep. Terry Van Akkeren (D-Sheboygan); up to $400,000 for Highway B in the district of Nick Milroy (D-Superior); $300,000 for environmental clean-up efforts in Adams County included by Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids); and $175,000 for Old Highway 18 in Stockton included by Rep. Louis Molepske Jr. (D-Stevens Point).
Assembly Democrats also voted to increase the fee on rental cars to $18 to pay for a second regional transit authority in southeastern
The Assembly Democratic plan would allow $2 to go toward buses with the remainder funding a commuter rail line for
Local officials and business leaders offered mixed reactions Friday to the latest version of a state budget plan to raise sales taxes and rental car fees to fund public buses, commuter trains and police.
Assembly Democrats voted Thursday to authorize a 0.65-percentage-point
And instead of directing part of the sales tax money to
At the same time, the caucus boosted a proposed $16-a-car, three-county rental car tax to $18 and split the additional revenue between the
Parks left out
Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick called the sales tax vote "an extremely disappointing development and a disregard for expressed public opinion. . . . I think these legislative activities have come close to signing the death warrant of the county parks system."
Broderick, the chairman of the
Taylor and Pete Beitzel, a vice president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, said they would have preferred Gov. Jim Doyle's original recommendation for a three-county 0.5-percentage-point sales tax for both KRM trains and public buses.
State Reps. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said the federal government has not rejected rental car tax funding for other transit systems. Beitzel said other systems used rental car fees for part of their funding, not all of it.
Beitzel also criticized a requirement for
Separately, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett supports sharing sales-tax revenue among all county municipalities for public safety, said his chief of staff, Patrick Curley. It's not clear how the money would be divided, but the city expects to get much of the cash, Curley said.