With the primaries behind us, the 2014 campaigns move into the twelve-week slugfest that will determine for a long time what kind of place Wisconsin will be for people who work, create jobs, and pay taxes.
In no race is that more true than in the contest for governor. A new report just out from the invaluable MacIver Institute shows why.
We know Governor Walker and the Republican legislative majorities have reduced taxes repeatedly since 2011. But despite those successes, the MacIver report finds Wisconsin still at a disadvantage compared with every neighboring state—except Illinois—in terms of the tax burden shouldered by its citizens.
Read the details at the MacIver link, but here’s the key message: Wisconsin has made good progress recovering from the big-government job destruction of the Jim Doyle-Mary Burke years, but if Burke should manage to pull off an upset, progress ends.
Burke’s chances for an upset depend largely on Wisconsin’s positive trend being not quite positive enough, ironically, in large part because of the deep tax hole she helped dig as Doyle’s Commerce Secretary. Her ability to raise taxes with Republicans most likely still in control of at least the Assembly would be nil. But so would be the chances for the additional tax reform the MacIver report shows is so obviously necessary.
Scott Walker is a national target for destruction by the Left his example so deeply shames. This week, the Democratic Governor’s Association was sending spam email pleading for campaign contributions to take him down. The spittle practically flew off the page.
Once again, we’re living on Ground Zero. Any Conservative who presumes Governor Walker will have an easy time this fall is gambling with a return to the kind of self-righteous mediocrity only the Left can deliver.