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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
US Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) speaks to Joe Wurzelbacher as he canvasses a neighbourhood in Holland, Ohio in this October 12, 2008 file photo. Obama and John McCain may have turned him into the most famous small-business owner in America, but Joe the Plumber isn't about to return the favor with an endorsement. Wurzelbacher came to prominence last week when he asked Obama about his tax plan during a campaign stop, which led to an appearance on a Fox News talk show and an invitation to a McCain rally. Photo: Reuters
You’ve got to be feeling pretty good these days.
Why? Because with the exception of an occasional blog or John Neville FranklinNOW piece, no one is paying attention to the Franklin School Board. That has to be some measure of relief for the board that was under heavy criticism this time last year for bungling the entire budget process that resulted in a 12.7% school tax levy increase.
Did you check out your October City of Franklin newsletter? Tucked inside is a message from Franklin School Board President Dave Szychlinkski that says, in part, “At this time, we still don’t know the exact level of revenue that we will receive from the state…”
Yeh, yeh, yeh, we hear this every single year. School districts with both hands shoved in the state’s face want more and more and more and play the woe-is-me card as they jack up taxes through the roof.
Szychlinkski continues, “But we have approved a tax levy increase of 3.7%. Even if state revenue falls short of our expectations, the board is committed to sticking to a total levy increase of 3.7%.”
1) Last year, the Franklin School Board used the same argument that state aid was uncertain, and said the tax levy would go up over 5%. This year, the level of state aid is still in doubt, but despite that fact, the board has approved and is committed to a tax levy increase of just 3.7%.
2) It’s not that I don’t trust this board. It’s just that I don’t trust this board.
I’m sorry to see Bryan Maersch leave the list of FranklinNOW bloggers and respect whatever reason he chose to stop writing. Blogging is a huge commitment and is not as easy as it might appear.
The more voices in the blogosphere, the better, so Bryan’s contributions here will be missed. Bryan, I am confident, will continue to serve Frankin well via his role on the city’s Technology Commission.
The best of luck to him and his family.
Prior to last week’s debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, I blogged, “As usual, the key issue in the campaign pertains to pocketbooks. McCain must paint Barack Obama as the outrageous tax and spend liberal that he is. When Obama counters that under his plan, 95% of Americans will get a tax break, McCain must fire back that most of those people don’t pay taxes, so Obama is, in effect, promising welfare checks.”
Don’t be fooled by Obama. His tax plan would, just as he wants to, increase taxes. The Wall Street Journal has the breakdown.