New Year: New Ideas
This week our tax reform tour made its way to Titletown for another roundtable to share ideas and gather input. Our day was off to a great start when the Green Bay Press-Gazette printed my column explaining the purpose behind our visit:
Gov. Walker charged me and Secretary of Revenue Rick Chandler to cross the state to get input on tax reform for Wisconsin’s future. That brings us to Green Bay Tuesday, to hear from local small business owners, veterans, retirees, and everyday citizens who care about our state, our economy, and our tax climate.
Our roundtable at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will start by reviewing where Wisconsin stands today on taxes. The good news is that our administration has consistently reduced the tax burden throughout our first term in office. Walker has cut $1.4 billion in taxes.
The day continued with a stop at the studios of WTAQ, where I spent a half-hour on air alongside my good friend Jerry Bader.
The main stop for the day was the roundtable at NWTC. It was great to be back on campus after our successful Manufacturing Month visit this fall (here’s me learning how to weld!). We had a wide-ranging conversation with friends and neighbors from across the Brown County area, including farmers, retirees, and veterans. Here’s how the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported on the event:
Ask Wisconsinites about taxes and they can agree: less please. That’s one of the themes taking shape from a series of tax reform roundtables hosted by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler.
We’re going to continue our tour across Wisconsin to hear more ideas and input from folks across the Badger State. And soon we’ll be unveiling new ways for all Wisconsin citizens to join this important conversation. Like I said in the Press-Gazette, “As we start that discussion, know that the governor and I are committed to reducing the overall tax burden on you. Just because the taxes are too darn high now doesn’t mean it always has to be that way.”
I spoke to Leadership Waupaca County participants, a leadership development program for citizens of all ages from Rep. Kevin Peterson’s 40th District. We talked tax reform, the difference between statute and administrative rules and economic development. The next time you or your organization will be visiting the capitol building, please don’t hesitate to stop by my office and say hi! If you give me some advance notice, we can help you set up a capitol tour.
A recent poll shows that 95% of business leaders believe that Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. Investor confidence is an important part of growing jobs. Governor Walker and I met with people who’ve invested in Wisconsin bonds. We talked about the positive economic indicators that are Wisconsin’s new hallmarks and showed some charts illustrating how far we've come. One of the favorites of the investors was showing how quality of life in Wisconsin is really something when you compare us to the rest of the U.S. Not only are families earning more than they were before, but money in our state stretches further than it does in others. Wisconsin is a great state in which to earn a paycheck!