Roger Roth being deceptive on taxes and fees?

8th Congressional Candidate Roger Roth says this on his campaign website regarding his time as a Wisconsin legislator representing the 56th Assembly District:

Roger has never voted for a tax increase

Notice what isn’t mention. That’s right Roger doesn’t mention the word FEES. Apparently Roger Roth thinks there is a difference.

Consider the following definitions.

Tax – a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

Fee – a fixed charge or a sum paid or charged for a service

Considering both are charges imposed for servives is there really a difference?

Roger was in the Wisconsin State Assembly when the 2007-2009 budget was voted on. According to the Wisconsin State Legislature website Roger voted “YES” when the Assembly initially took up and altered the proposed budget.

Biennial Budget Bill Concurrence

While it is accurate to say that the bill did not increase taxes, it should also be pointed out that fees were utilized instead to increase spending.

This summary shows the impact of the budget bill on taxes and fees.

By doing things such as increasing the automobile registration fee from $55 to $75 per year and by imposing a federal security verification mandate fee of $10 for all license, endorsement, and instruction permit issuances, renewals, upgrades or reinstatements the budget bill Roger voted YES on would have increased net fees a whopping $338,529,100.

Granted it would have decreased taxes by $82,394,300, but overall spending in the budget version passed by the State Assembly would have increased by $256,134,800.

Roger claims on his website to have worked on “pointing to waste and irresponsible programs as places to” save money while in the State Assembly. Was he really doing that when he voted “YES” on the Bienniel Budget Bill Concurrence? A “NO” vote would have forced a re-examination of the budget and a look at potentially limiting spending further.

Roger’s comments on the Assembly version of the 2007-2009 budget that he voted for are here.

When the 2007-2009 budget was considered Republicans controlled the State Assembly and Democrats controlled the State Senate so ultimately the budget went to Conference Committee before a final vote was taken. Roger did vote “NO” on the final version.

However he did vote for fee increases BEFORE voting against them.

Important information for voters in the 8th Congressional District to know.

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5 thoughts on “Roger Roth being deceptive on taxes and fees?

  1. I love how some folks try to distort a a persons voting record by misrepresenting the political process.

    Early votes on legislation are used to move legislation along through the process so they can get to the floor to be debated, amended or changed. The vote is to move the legislation, so you can change it, not approve it.

    If you fail in your attempt to change the legislation to something you can support you vote no on the bill.

    Even in municipal government I have made the motion or seconded a motion to accept a budget so we could debate it and eventually voted no on the budget.

    Without the first vote, you can’t even discuss it. Understand the legislative process.

  2. It’s not a misrepresentation of the process. The vote was to pass the Assembly version of the budget that had already been discussed and crafted. It went to Conference Committee to work out differences in the State Senate version & the Assembly version.

    Fact is if it wouldn’t have been a Dem Senate Roger may not have had the opportunity to change to a “no” vote.

  3. Roth has developed a major honesty problem. Having been out of high school for 14 years, he’s finished college (4 years?) done 4 middle east tours (another 4 years) serviced in the state legislature for 4 years now. WHEN has he had the time to (in his words) create “hundreds and hundreds of jobs.” ??? He’s GOT to be lying about his experience, blowing it up to look better. It’s no wonder he’s fallen off the map. He’s a bit young yet anyhow.

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