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    Looks like you missed a couple minor peices of news............I'm shocked!!!

    Updated Wisconsin budget numbers expected to show massive surplus
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    January 16, 2014 - 5:05 am EST

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    MADISON, Wisconsin — Updated budget figures for Wisconsin expected to show a surplus nearing $1 billion are on the way.

    Policy makers are anxiously awaiting the figures due to be released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

    Gov. Scott Walker plans to announce his plans for the surplus during his State of the State speech on Jan. 22. But his spokeswoman says the governor is eyeing property and income tax cuts.

    News of the surplus comes as Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature are preparing to stand for re-election in November.

    Democrats are already raising concerns about Walker's plan to cut taxes, saying he instead should be focused on finding ways to create jobs.

    The Legislature last year cut income taxes by $650 million and property taxes by $100 million.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to propose 'significant' tax cuts
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    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker plans to propose “significant” income and propertytax cuts in his State of the State address next week, reductions made possible by tax collections that far exceed earlier estimates, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

    Walker won’t reveal details until his speech on Jan. 22, but he is looking at changingincome tax withholding tables to immediately put more money into workers’ paychecks, his spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said.

    “This is great news for the hardworking taxpayers of the state,” she said.

    Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature have been discussing details of the proposal, Webster said. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald did not immediately return messages for comment Wednesday.

    While Vos has been vocal in his support for using any surplus to cut taxes, Fitzgerald has been more cautious, saying some members of his caucus may want to put the money in savings or use it to address infrastructure needs such as road and bridge repairs.

    Just how large the state’s surplus will be won’t be clear until the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau releases its updated estimate. Bureau director Bob Lang said Wednesday he was working to get it out as soon as possible, but couldn’t say when it would be released.

    Based on Department of Revenue figures, the surplus in tax collections between now and the end of June will likely be in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars, Webster said.

    Walker has repeatedly said he wants to cut taxes every year he is in office. Last year he proposed, and the Legislature approved, a $650 million income tax cut as well as a $100 million property tax cut.

    The income tax cut passed last year will increase the refund for the average filer by $158 this year. The property tax cut’s impact varies widely across the state, but for the typical homeowner it reduced the amount the homeowner owed last year by $13 and $20 next year.

    The timing for large tax cuts couldn’t be better for Walker and Republican lawmakers as they face re-election in November. Walker is being challenged by Democrat Mary Burke, a former state Commerce Department secretary and executive with Trek Bicycle Corp.

    A spokesman for Burke’s campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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    "Democrats are already raising concerns about Walker's plan to cut taxes, saying he instead should be focused on finding ways to create jobs."

    What the Dem's always fail to mention is that tax cuts do stimulate job growth, except for those people on Welfare, that in fact, have no interest in going back to work. Many of these 'welfare babies' are second and third generational welfare families, unless the system is set up with incentives to wean them off of welfare, they will never earn a living....regardless of availability of jobs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Gov. Scott Walker is the type of leader this country needs, he showed me a lot when he stood up to the recall election funded by the unions, definitely on the radar screen
    I agree but the main stream media doesn't like an honest guy that makes common sense! Therefore he will never get the right publicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post
    Looks like you missed a couple minor peices of news............I'm shocked!!!
    In case you did not know, most state's are recording and projecting budget surpluses right now. http://www.businessinsider.com/27-st...he-year-2012-6

    Even California is projecting a large surplus. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c...-high-21476781

    Walker's magnificence seems to have great influence everywhere

    but how do you explain that even with last year's tax cuts that you still lag behind other states in economic growth and job growth?
    Last edited by Henry V; 01-16-2014 at 08:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry V View Post
    In case you did not know, most state's are recording and projecting budget surpluses right now. http://www.businessinsider.com/27-st...he-year-2012-6

    Even California is projecting a large surplus. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/c...-high-21476781

    Walker's magnificence seems to have great influence everywhere

    but how do you explain that even with last year's tax cuts that you still lag behind other states in economic growth and job growth?
    I thought the thread was about Scott Walker.

    Maybe you could provide a nifty chart showing what is happening in regard to job growth and employment numbers in WI???

    I believe WI has gone from 49th to 43rd in job growth nationally.
    From Forbes.......modest growth, but trending upward, though Democrats had the bar set pretty low!

    How many "most states" have moved up 6 spots?

    Would this count?
    http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/newsro...conomic-growth

    Maybe this?
    http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2013...-in-wisconsin/

    But of course these are negatives, right?
    Last edited by road kill; 01-17-2014 at 06:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by road kill View Post
    I thought the thread was about Scott Walker.

    Maybe you could provide a nifty chart showing what is happening in regard to job growth and employment numbers in WI???

    I believe WI has gone from 49th to 43rd in job growth nationally.
    From Forbes.......modest growth, but trending upward, though Democrats had the bar set pretty low!

    How many "most states" have moved up 6 spots?

    Would this count?
    http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/newsro...conomic-growth

    Maybe this?
    http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2013...-in-wisconsin/

    But of course these are negatives, right?
    Just trying to break through the echo and adding some context. Your Governor is a great self promoter but if many states are doing as good or better using different approaches you can't attribute victory to your policies alone.

    No the Governor's press release does not count, but you do like the kool aid. The Governor likes to cherry pick and misrepresent data for this press release. The people that produced the data called him on it. http://host.madison.com/news/local/w...a4bcf887a.html
    and so did your state fact checkers. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/...ed-say-wiscon/

    Then there is this about jobs recently. http://host.madison.com/news/local/w...9bb2963f4.html

    Like I said, I hope he runs for President.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry V View Post


    Like I said, I hope he runs for President.


    Is there any possibility that would get you to join the Hollywood libs, like Barbara Streisand etc., to leave the country?

    Probably not.

    BTW, Henry...have you joined up with the communist party yet? I hear they are the best at protecting the planet by providing the true answers to global warming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Henlee View Post
    I will respect your opinion while keeping mine, I would dare say though that Gov. Synder here in Michigan would not have passed his anti-union laws if Walker had not paved the way for him.

    Chalk RTW in Michigan up to Devos, not Walker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry V View Post
    Like I said, I hope he runs for President.

    Me too Henry...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Chalk RTW in Michigan up to Devos, not Walker.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...r-politics-gop
    Great article thanks for showing it to me. I was more referencing how Gov. Synder didn't consider it political suicide to sign right to work. I don't know if it played a roll for him, but I think it would have. I will give Devos his full due however.
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