Tax-dodging millionaire leading GOP’s budget blockade
Sen. Stroebel calling the shots as Republicans block funding for schools, roads and vet care
MADISON, WI – Republican Senator Duey Stroebel (R – Saukville) has recently emerged as one of the leading voices in the State Legislature opposed to budget investments in Wisconsin’s schools, roads, and veterans care. Recent reports show that the millionaire senator has avoided paying state income taxes while taking thousands in government subsidies.
“When millionaires like Sen. Stroebel avoid paying state taxes, they shortchange local residents and shift the burden onto hardworking families,” said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. “Sen. Stroebel has spent his entire political career gaming the system and profiting off the hard work of others. His efforts to delay road projects, cut worker wages and expand tax breaks for the wealthy are being embraced by a Republican majority that’s increasingly out-of-touch with middle-class families and values.”
Taking their lead from Sen. Stroebel, Senate Republicans have refused to put forward a long-term transportation funding solution. Key members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee such as Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls), Tom Tiffany (R – Hazelhurst) and Luther Olsen (R – Ripon) have sided with Stroebel to block road funding and increase state debt.
“Our schools need funding, our roads need fixing and our veterans deserve better health care” said Ullsvik. “We need leaders who are willing to make the tough choices and do what’s right for Wisconsin’s working families rather than siding with tax-dodging millionaires.”
Sen. Stroebel owns a mansion in Ozaukee County and nearly 300 acres surrounding it. A review of state and federal records revealed Stroebel has taken tens of thousands of dollars in state and federal government subsidies and tax breaks while routinely reporting no personal state income tax liability. While Sen. Stroebel isn’t a farmer by profession, he has taken federal agriculture subsidies totaling over $63,000. A large portion of his estate has been enrolled in the state Managed Forest Land program that provides breaks of up to 75 percent on property taxes.
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