James Wigderson

Updated: State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Homeowners in Tax Assessment Case

Homeowners in Dover, WI, represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), won a major victory in the state Supreme Court that could affect property tax assessment appeals across the state. In Milewski v. Town of Dover, Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald were challenging state statutes that said if they refused to allow inspectors in their home they would not have the right to appeal their property tax assessment. “If an assessor asks to come inside your house, you can say no and challenge your taxes afterwards.” said Tom Kamenick, the WILL attorney representing the homeowners, “You couldn’t...

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Governor Offers New Transportation Proposal Trying to End Budget Stalemate

In a letter to legislative leaders, Governor Scott Walker is proposing reducing borrowing for transportation by $200 million but is holding firm in opposing raising taxes and fees. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, would also fund the Southeast Freeway Megaproject program through contingency bonding. “Interstate 94 North/South, the Zoo Interchange and Interstate 94 East/West are high profile projects in southeastern Wisconsin,” Walker wrote. “We propose contingency bonding that would be linked to additional federal funding for mega projects. Wisconsin is well positioned to qualify for additional federal funding to...

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Baldwin Targeted By New Facebook Ad

US Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, is getting targeted by a new Facebook ad campaign by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The quotes Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, saying, “The next step is single payer” and then claims Baldwin votes with Warren 95 percent of the time. The ad then asks everyone to sign a petition against government-run health care. An email from NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin clarifies that Baldwin also supported single payer health care as a member of the House of Representatives, even though that is not clear from the brief web ad. The Urban Institute estimates a...

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Are schools getting less money?

The Department of Public Instruction issued its annual report on how much general state aid school districts can receive, and over half the school districts will see a reduction. WLUK in Madison immediately jumped on the story: New estimates from the state Department of Public Instruction show that when fall enrollment is official, more than half of the state’s public school districts are expected to get less state money for the 2017-18 next school year than they did for 2016-17. The state has 422 public school districts. Fifty-five percent, or 231 districts, are estimated to receive less money. Forty-four...

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Our state will go on

Not having a new state budget is not a crisis. Wisconsin is not like the federal government. Government does not shut down when there isn’t a new budget. The spending continues at the same levels as before. It’s been ten years since Wisconsin had a real budget marathon battle. In 2007, the budget fight between Republicans and Democrats lasted until October. In case you’re wondering, the state survived that budget fight, too. There are some consequences, of course. School boards are not sure yet how much more in state aid they’ll be able to expect until the state budget...

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Happy Independence Day

From Mark Twain’s Roughing It. It was not without regret that I took a last look at the tiny flag (it was thirty-five feet long and ten feet wide) fluttering like a lady’s handkerchief from the topmost peak of Mount Davidson, two thousand feet above Virginia’s roofs, and felt that doubtless I was bidding a permanent farewell to a city which had afforded me the most vigorous enjoyment of life I had ever experienced. And this reminds me of an incident which the dullest memory Virginia could boast at the time it happened must vividly recall, at times, till...

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Former State Senator Ted Kanavas passed away Monday

Former Senator Ted Kanavas passed away Monday. He was 56. Kanavas represented the 33rd district from 2001 until he retired from the legislature in 2011. Kanavas was elected in a special election in July 2001 to replace state Senator Margaret Farrow after her appointment as Lt. Governor. Kanavas’ Democratic opponent was future state Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass. As a legislator, Kanavas fought for legislation to spur business growth in the state. Kanavas was also a pro-life legislator and he was a supporter of school choice. His decision not to seek re-election in 2010 was a surprise to many in...

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Scott Manley of WMC explains opposition to heavy truck tax

Scott Manley, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), explained to WTAQ’s Jerry Bader on Friday why his organization is opposed to a new tax on heavy trucks in Wisconsin. The per-mile truck fee would have raised $250 million over the next two years, according to the Associated Press. However, opposition from five Senate Republicans have likely killed the heavy truck tax plan. Manley explained the the problems with the tax: “When you’re the second-most manufacturing intensive state in the country, and you’re the number one state for so many agricultural products, between milk...

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@WILL on Twitter

2 days ago
"...the fiscal impact of repealing Act 10, coupled with the recent Janus Supreme Court decision makes a full repeal of Act 10 about as likely as Manny Machado being cheered at Miller Park on Friday."

https://t.co/LcEdsuDmIO https://t.co/4j76I5WOB6
WILawLiberty photo
2 days ago
A lot of discussion about repealing #Act10 in #WIGov race. But can it actually happen? @collinroth and I argue that it is more likely Manny Machado gets cheered tonight at Miller Park #Wiright #wipolitics #OurCrewOurOctober https://t.co/iI8RHXYuU4
2 days ago
Our friends at @badgerinstitute are doing great work showing just how much of state government is funded (and controlled) by federal funds.

To have real #federalism, we need independence from the feds.

2 days ago
The @WILawLiberty has authored comprehensive analysis on the relationship between Governor Walker’s 2011 collective bargaining reform law (Act 10) and student performance in the classroom.
https://t.co/DOmBqc6zrX #edpolicy

@RightWisconsin on Twitter


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