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Wisconsin's Walker & Signs of Bloviation

Category: Taxes
Posted: 01/17/11 21:27

by Dave Mindeman

I often wonder if elected Republican officials assume that nobody will look at the actual statistics regarding their claims....because they often throw out wild statements with no real facts to back it up.

We have a real winner across the border in Wisconsin. Fresh off of his November victory, I guess the new GOP Governor has decided that winning a November election and getting installed into office a few weeks ago is enough to make businesses across the country swoon.

But what has Governor Scott Walker have to boast about that he feels are worthy of border signs?

Well, the reality is....not much.

According to the Tax Foundation which ranks business climates, the 2011 ratings show the following:

Wisconsin ranks #40 in the nation.
Minnesota ranks #43 in the nation.

Keep in mind that these rankings are purely based on a narrow tax rate focus and rank nothing else that businesses would need to assess.

Now is that a difference to crow about?....or at least enough to put a sign on the border to attract all those "itching to leave" businesses?

Even better, Wisconsin's exaggerator in chief made a big todoo about Illinois and its recent tax hike....yet overall, Illinois ranks 23rd in the nation for business climate. I doubt that the recent Illinois corporate tax increase which isn't that much higher than Wisconsin's is now, will have people flocking for cheesehead country.

But if you look into the numbers even further, you will find that Wisconsin has the 12th HIGHEST per capita State and Local Property Tax collection number. 12th HIGHEST!!!

Minnesota, despite Pawlenty's constant property tax pressure, comes in 20th on the list.

Yes, Governor Walker might want to rethink all the crowing. And maybe spending money on signs that tell a pretty average business tale, might not be a wise investment.

The Packers are probably a safer argument to make right now. Bet the cheese on them.

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