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Hardly a day has gone by in the past month during which we've not seen some new 'money-grab' coming at us from Madison.
The state senate completed its "rush to the finish line" yesterday and has now set the stage for the assembly and senate conference committee to finalize the budget that will be voted upon and sent to the governor. A piece of good news emerged in that the senate has stripped the changes to 'joint and several' liability rules from its version of the budget. Let's hope that stays out in the final version. It did remove the delayed start date for the ending of QEO as sort of a quid pro quo.
It would see an automatic increase in the minimum wage every year in Wisconsin on and after August 31, 2010.
This actually will hurt those whom it is intended to help since the lower rung jobs available to the unemployed will disappear, and their reliance on government programs will increase, thus creating more problems than it resolves. If this is an "unintended consequence" that is unforgivable; I thought that everyone understood how this worked. If this is an intentional scam, then "shame on you all".
It would see the capital gains tax exclusion eliminated so that it can get more money to spend on bigger and bigger government.
This will hurt a lot of "small" people, not just those money-grubbing rich people that Democrats seem to abhor. It, too, will help to drive jobs from Wisconsin. There are so many real life examples available for anyone who wants to see the cause and effect relationships that exist as to make it nearly unbelievable that, again, the Democrats can't understand what it is they do to people.
These two items, seemingly innocuous to many, would cause the loss of more jobs in Wisconsin. Those jobs will go to states that are more hospitable to business. Wisconsin has put itself in the "also ran" position so far as attracting new business and the expansion of existing business.
I know of a group that is preparing to launch a new business, and I know that this group has decided to thoroughly review its options as to where to launch that business.
Just as elections have consequences, so do these kinds of actions. It seems evermore likely that the inmates have assumed control of the asylum.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled 'Obama's "Light Touch"'