Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
His latest flip on taxes comes as the state now faces a projected revenue shortfall of $652.3 million.
On Friday, January 25, 2008, Governor Doyle met with the editorial board of the Wisconsin State Journal. The newspaper reported the following:
“Gov. Jim Doyle pledged Friday not to raise taxes to cover a threatened state budget shortfall, promising instead to manage the gap by cutting or delaying spending.
"We've got through $3.2 billion without raising taxes," Doyle said, referring to the budget shortfall when he took office in 2003. "So we can get through a tenth of that without doing it."
Here is the Wisconsin State Journal article, complete with headline of Doyle’s promise on taxes.
Not long after that, Doyle made the same statement to the Associated Press:
“Doyle didn't say where cuts would come, but said the state could get through without raising taxes.”
That line is in paragraph seven of the Associated Press story.
Here comes the flip.
The governor was considering a tax on hospitals and a repeal of the suspension of the estate tax. The details were reported in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel in mid-February.
Confirmation of Doyle the flip-flopper came today. Not only is he proposing a tax increase but another raid of the Transportation Fund.
He has no shame.
I think we know that when the governor says he is not going to raise taxes that we can take that statement with a grain of salt.