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.
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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