Nov 07, 2017

Flashback: Tammy Baldwin’s Latest Excuse for Opposing Tax Reform Brings Back a Billion-Dollar Blast from the Past

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – In case you missed it, Tammy Baldwin’s latest excuse for opposing tax reform is that it eliminates a deduction for local sales tax, because if there’s anyone who knows how high sales taxes can get, it’s Tammy Baldwin. As a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, Tammy Baldwin supported a sales tax hike that to this day put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion.

Never mind the fact that these kinds of deductions and carve outs are being eliminated so that everyone will benefit from lower rates. Tammy Baldwin would rather keep the broken system intact if reform meant it would be harder for state politicians like Tammy Baldwin to increase state and local taxes. And if Baldwin thinks losing the deduction is so harmful, what does that say about her original tax hike?

Tammy Baldwin Imposed A Billion-Dollar Sales Tax On Dane County

As A Member Of The Dane County Board Of Supervisors, Baldwin Supported A 0.5-Cent County Sales Tax. “[Dane County Board candidate Jim] Bishop said students get minimal benefits from the county, and he believes Baldwin should have voted against the sales tax. The 1/2-cent sales tax, which took effect last April, has become a ‘big cookie jar’ for funding county programs, Bishop said. If elected, he said, he would seek to repeal the tax. … Baldwin said she would make a better County Board member because she’s more experienced. She believes the board made the right decision to impose the sales tax, she said.” (Joel Broadway, “Board Incumbent, Student Face Off,” Wisconsin State Journal, 3/10/92)

  • Baldwin Justified Her Support By Saying He Was Being “Responsive To Needs” While Not Increasing Property Taxes. “‘We’re continuing to do what this county wants us to do,’ Baldwin said, ‘which is to be responsive to needs but to not increase property taxes.’” (Joel Broadway, “Board Incumbent, Student Face Off,” Wisconsin State Journal, 3/10/92)

The Sales Tax Has Put Dane County Taxpayers On The Hook For Nearly $1 Billion:


(“2003 Dane County Adopted Budget,” Dane County Government Controller’s Office, 12/10/02; “2009 Adopted Budget,” Dane County Government Controller’s Office, 12/18/08; “2017 Adopted Budget,” Dane County Government Controller’s Office, 12/16/16 At 85)

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