James Wigderson

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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Could be worse. Could be Illinois.

Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature may not agree on transportation funding, education funding, and which taxes to cut. At times members of the Capitol press corp may feel more like mediators than media. But consider the alternative, Illinois. The Illinois House, controlled by Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, just voted to approve $5 billion in tax increases. The Chicago Tribune reports “over a dozen” Republicans voted for the budget. The bill now goes to the Illinois Senate where its fate is uncertain. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has threatened to veto the state budget because these tax increases would be permanent,...

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May be the worst School House Rock ever

Luckily for these members of the Assembly, none of them have to face the voters’ judgment in an American Idol-style competition.   Perhaps they should have been singing the Declaration of Independence, more appropriate for the holiday. Heck, I’d pay good money to hear Assembly Speaker Robin Vos sing, “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing...

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@WILL on Twitter

9 hours ago
"The legislature must follow the Constitution and, when it doesn't, the courts should step in,” Rick Esenberg, WILL president & general counsel, said. “The problem here is that the extraordinary session in which these laws were passed was constitutional.” https://t.co/cqXTo4bs2I
11 hours ago
WILL President @RickEsenberg joins @WTAQMorningNews at 8:15 this morning to discuss WILL's amicus brief on behalf of former state lawmakers in the lawsuit against the Dec 2018 extraordinary session.

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1 day ago
"There is nothing that distinguishes the December, 2018 extraordinary session from any other in a legally relevant way.”

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1 day ago
WILL filed an amicus Tuesday on behalf of former lawmakers, including @LeahVukmir, in the lawsuit against the Dec 2018 extraordinary session at SCOWIS.

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