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Langer Files As Gubernatorial Candidate...
Jim Langer, former Trustee in Germantown has filed his paperwork to become a candidate for the Office of Governor of Wisconsin. He is running as an Independent and admits that his is a bootstrap campaign.
He indicates that he is running because the usual candidates do not know what it is like to be a common person. They have almost always been in office before and have become accustomed to the advantages that accompany those offices.
He believes that he has a chance to win given that he is an independent and that he can identify with all the regular people in Wisconsin. He also believes that those same regular people will be willing to support a person who is going to govern using common sense rather than the typical political advice from insiders.
Two items that he says he'll campaign for include the return of capital punishment and the use of that capital punishment for any person convicted of drunken driving that led to a death.
A campaign website is being developed now.
School District Will Need Higher Tax Levy...
The Germantown School District is looking at a tax levy of some $31.0 Million for the coming year, up from the $27.9 Million levy of last year. This is due, in large part, to the constantly eroding state share of revenue to our district, as well as to others. It does appear that we are among the group of districts that gets hit harder than other districts do; whether that can be attributed to politics or to some other arcane machination is beside the point at this time.
If the property tax base in the district were to stay the same as last year, this will entail in increase of about 11% in our school taxes.
Now, to add insult to injury, I will tell you that WEAC's President, Mary Bell, has already started lobbying for "discussions" on how to better fund school systems across the state, and she used such words as tax increases, sales taxes applied to services, and so on. This, on top of the removal of QEO and the loosening of arbitration guides, can only spell bad news for Wisconsin, and certainly for Germantown.
Of course, all of these numbers are "loose" now and we must await final figures that are due sometime soon after October 1st.
Another Look At The State Budget...
The $1.9 Billion of new taxes and fees is identified in a 30 page document that was just released.
If you're interested in some "light" reading, please click here.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Presidential Signing Statements".