Big cities and small towns sing the same tune at Joint Finance Committee hearing
Statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson April 21, 2021
Earlier today I traveled to Rhinelander, WI to testify at the State of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee public hearing on the Governor’s proposed 2021-2023 biennial budget.
My message was a simple one. The way we currently fund local government is no longer working. State law restricts our revenue sources to the property tax and shared revenue, and over time shared revenue has not been increasing at the rate of inflation. In fact, Milwaukee receives $20 million less in shared revenue than we did in 2003.
Milwaukee serves as the cultural and commercial center in the most populous region of the state, and a local sales tax is a fair and reasonable way for visitors to contribute to the services that they use.
Perhaps most notably at today’s public hearing were the calls from other elected officials from municipalities of all sizes asking for the same ability. This is not just a Milwaukee problem as it is sometimes portrayed, and that was made clear today.
I continue to urge those in Madison to adopt the local sales tax option and the 2% increase in shared revenue proposal outlined in the Governor’s proposed budget so municipalities can start to see the relief they sorely need.
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- Republicans Cut Billions from Evers’ Budget Proposal - Shawn Johnson - May 6th, 2021
- Gov. Evers Calls on Wisconsinites to Contact Their Legislators - Gov. Tony Evers - May 6th, 2021
- Americans For Prosperity – Wisconsin’s Statement on Forthcoming JFC Action on Gov. Evers’s Budget - AFP Wisconsin - May 5th, 2021
- GOP Sends Mixed Message To Evers - Melanie Conklin - May 4th, 2021
- Public Testimony Backs Evers Budget - Melanie Conklin - Apr 28th, 2021
- Dem Leaders Promote Climate Action - Isiah Holmes - Apr 22nd, 2021
- Big cities and small towns sing the same tune at Joint Finance Committee hearing - Common Council President Cavalier Johnson - Apr 21st, 2021
- Democrats Call for Virtual Joint Finance Hearing - Isiah Holmes - Apr 20th, 2021
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