3 results for author: Susan Sommer


THE WISCONSIN IDEA DEFINES US

For more than a century, the Wisconsin Idea has defined who we are as citizens of this state. It is an Inspired Idea. It is an idea based on the principles that learning must be available to all and that the search for truth is paramount.In his 2015-2017 Budget Bill, Governor Walker struck the Wisconsin Idea from our laws.Section 36.01 of the Wisconsin Statutes embodies the Wisconsin Idea in its definitions of the purpose and mission of the State University system. The purpose holds it is "in the public interest to provide a system of higher education." The mission insists: "Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for the truth."...

Let Us Have a Blueprint for Posterity

On Monday, 3/24/13, the Governor signed a tax relief bill dubbed the "Blueprint for Prosperity."According to our State government at prosperity.wi.gov, the legislation will reduce property, income and state income withholding taxes. The typical homeowner will see a reduction of $101 on her next property tax bill. The typical family of four, earning $40,000, will save about $58 in income taxes. Because of the change to income withholding taxes, that family will see about $58 more in their paychecks each month.By the end of 2014, that typical family of four could have $522 more dollars in its pocket. Depending on your financial circumstances, ...

Limiting Local Control to Our Detriment

Senator Tom Tiffany has introduced yet another bill, Senate Bill (SB) 632, to limit local government control over nonmetallic mining.In a press release dated 2/26/14, Senator Tiffany included a quote from the Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) Executive Director stating that the WTA did not oppose SB 632 and its Assembly companion bill, AB 816. This was a critical statement for Senator Tiffany because the WTA had strongly opposed his earlier version of the bill, SB 349, introduced in Fall 2013. In typical fashion, Senator Tiffany scheduled an immediate public hearing for his bill on 3/3/14, within days of its release.But the WTA's position on ...