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Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

July 23, 2014

by Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield)

Last year many Wisconsin residents celebrated Wisconsin’s first measurable tax cuts in nearly a decade. In addition to cutting taxes, progress was made in simplifying the tax code as evidenced by the elimination of 17 tax credits, downsizing from five to four tax brackets and eliminating Wisconsin’s depreciation schedules in favor of adopting federal standards. In just over two years, Wisconsin went from billions in the red, to cutting both income and property taxes.

I am pleased we were able to accomplish what we did. At the risk of being the “fly in the punch bowl,” let me state we still have a significant problem. Wisconsin by any measure remains a high tax state.

The praise received for cutting taxes is notable and fair because it signified a significant change in trajectory. However, we can’t kid ourselves, we still have yet to fully implement a pro-growth tax code. It’s analogous to being proud of your 16 year old son for turning off the television and heading off to clean his bedroom, but his bedroom is still a mess.

Read more by Nick Novak at MaciverInstitute.com

Democrats Keep Insisting the Border is Secure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f30UqRTjbJw

The Washington Free Beacon has put together a greatest hits compilation of the Democrats’ border security quotes. Why would the Democrats continuously insist that the border is secure? Perhaps because Republicans insist on having a secure border before discussing any type of immigration reform legislation.

Read more by Jennifer Van Laar at ijreview.com

For a Smaller, More Efficient Government

Dear Milwaukee County Voter,

You have a unique opportunity next Tuesday to affect the future direction of county government.

In a rare binding referendum on the Tuesday, April 1 ballot, your vote will set the level of pay Milwaukee County Supervisors will earn for the part-time job they occupy.

Over the past several weeks, a healthy conversation has taken place about the right-sizing of county board pay and the benefits of instituting a part-time county board just like every other county in the state.

This week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board joined the chorus of others endorsing a YES vote on the April 1 referendum. Read the entire editorial here: Our View | County Board Referendum: Voters can send board strong message Tuesday

Out of the community discussion on this issue has emerged a consensus view that our county works best when Supervisors are reasonably paid for the core part-time responsibilities they carry out.

Please join your neighbors and colleagues in voting YES on the referendum on Tuesday.

Thanks,
Forward Milwaukee County
For more information, see www.ForwardMilwaukeeCounty.com

Senate Republicans Develop The Most Credible Plan Yet To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare

“Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now. If you’re a long-time follower of this space, you know that we’re skeptical that Obamacare will ever be repealed, GOP slogans to the contrary. Today, however, a trio of experienced Senate Republicans—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—have put forth the most thoughtful and constructive plan yet developed to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan seeks to ensure that as many Americans have health coverage as Obamacare does. It’s a proposal grounded in the real-world tradeoffs that all serious reformers must make. Want to know how those tradeoffs might affect you? Read on.

Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com

Fix the mental health care crisis

In 1993, an in-depth 200-page report was delivered to the Milwaukee County Board highlighting critical flaws with the county’s mental health services program. This report, which is referred to as the master plan, laid out a blueprint for desperately needed reforms to a program that provides some of the most important services the county is charged with delivering.

At the time, consumer groups, advocates, service providers and local elected officials agreed that serious problems existed within the program requiring major reforms to the delivery of mental health services in the county.

Read more by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo and Sen. Leah Vukmir at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Results

January 2012. In the ad, Governor Walker takes his message directly to Wisconsin voters by laying out a number of the promises he made during his 2010 campaign, how those promises have been fulfilled, and the positive results the state has seen as a result of what the campaign is calling, “bold and necessary reforms.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYFrt_jwdCk

A Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare

–SNIP– the notion that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare is news to Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), who in June introduced a comprehensive alternative health-care plan — for the third time since 2009. It was originally introduced as the Obamacare alternative from the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Price chaired at the time.

The 250-page legislation, known as the Empowering Patients First Act, has yet to receive a vote in the House, but currently has 32 co-sponsors, including Representatives Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (R., Kans.), Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), and Tom Cotton (R., Ark.).

Read more by Andrew Stiles at NationalReview.com

Reinventing Post Offices in a Digital World

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — The Deutsche Post office across from the train station here offers DVDs, umbrellas, phone cards and toys — with the processing of mail appearing nearly an afterthought. And the facility housing it is not a post office at all. Deutsche Post occupies a corner space in a bank.

With mail volumes decreasing 1 to 2 percent annually in many countries, European postal services from Germany to Sweden to Switzerland have reinvented themselves over the past decade as multifaceted delivery and information companies tailored to the virtual age. Though Deutsche Post by law still delivers to every address six days a week, it has jettisoned tens of thousands of buildings, 100,000 positions and its traditional focus on paper mail.

Read more by ELISABETH ROSENTHAL in the NY Times

Paul Ryan on Saving the American Idea

In a speech at The Heritage Foundation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke about Saving the American Idea. The full text transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery are below:

“Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division”

Thank you so much, Ed, for that kind introduction.

We’re here today to explore the American Idea, and I can’t think of a better venue for this topic. The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to promote the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

These are the principles that define the American Idea. And this mission has never been timelier, because these principles are very much under threat from policies here in Washington.

The American Idea belongs to all of us – inherited from our nation’s Founders, preserved by the countless sacrifices of our veterans, and advanced by visionary leaders, past and present.

What makes America exceptional – what gives life to the American Idea – is our dedication to the self-evident truth that we are all created equal, giving us equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And that means opportunity.

Video and transcript of Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech at Heritage.org

Gov Walker: We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision at the state level

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Monday said Republicans in Washington need to lay out specific alternatives to the Democratic agenda rather than just seeking to block it at every turn.

“As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington,” Walker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other guy — you have to lay out a plan.”

Read more by Jonathan Easley at TheHill.com

Also see, A Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare

GOP Reforms to Lower Health Care Costs, Provide Better Care and Protect Jobs

Americans want a step-by-step, common-sense approach to health care reform. Republicans promote health care reforms that focus on lowering health care premiums for families and small businesses, increasing access to affordable, high-quality care, and promoting healthier lifestyles – without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren.

The following are the key elements of the Republican alternative offered during the debate on ObamaCare. This is not an exhaustive list of all health reform proposals.

Read more at majorityleader.gov

Celebrate the Milwaukee County Reform Bill on Tue June 25

with bill author State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
from 5:30pm-7:30pm

at Palermo’s Villa, 3301 W. Canal St. Milwaukee WI 53208

Cost: $20
Host: $50
Host Couple: $75

Tours available. Pizza and hors d’oeuvres to be served.

Invited Guests include: State Rep. Rob Hutton, Dale Kooyenga, Mark Honadel, Jim Ott, Dan Knodl, Jeff Stone, Dave Craig, Don Pridemore. State Senators Alberta Darling, Leah Vukmir and Mary Lazich.

Please RSVP by Friday June 21 to joe@joesanfelippo.com

Hundreds Rally for Real Reform of Milwaukee County Board

More than 300 supporters flocked to Serb Hall Monday night.

The effort to reform Milwaukee County Government received a major boost on Monday night as around 300 taxpayers attended a rally hosed by Citizens for Responsible Government. Our Patti Breitigam-Wenzel was in attendance and provide these photos.

From RightWisconsin.com

Fix MKE event w/Charlie Sykes & CRG on Mon May 6

10 years ago, we learned the Milwaukee County Board couldn’t be trusted. That tough lesson cost taxpayers over $200 million and promised reform, never happened.

A decade later, Chairman Dimitrijevic lies to us about secret, illegal negotiations, and cons us with more fake reform. Sounds a lot like Tom Ament.

Opponents of reform claim state legislation interferes with local control. The TRUTH: the bill allows a referendum to be put to a vote, a right all Wisconsin counties have…except Milwaukee.

Demand real, guaranteed reform!

Join Citizens for Responsible Government and Charlie Sykes

Monday May 6th at 6:30pm
at American Serb Hall
5101 W Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53219

Free Admission

Register now at https://www.facebook.com/FixMilwaukee/app_208527462518885

Download the event flyer

What States Should Build Instead of Obamacare’s Health Insurance Exchanges

In the aftermath of President Obama’s re-election, in which the implementation of the Affordable Care Act plays a large role, many states are facing an important decision. Should these states act as agents of the Obama administration, and set up state-based versions of Obamacare’s subsidized health insurance exchanges? Or should they say no, leaving implementation of the law in the hands of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius? In this article, I will discuss a third possibility: that states set up their own markets for health insurance, markets that drive down the cost of insurance by ignoring Obamacare’s tangled web of mandates, regulations, and taxes.

Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com

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