During the Gov. Walker administration a high level panel addressed the coming
need for tax changes. The panel was chaired by Gary Cornia and Keith Prescott.
When it became clear that there was going to be a need for restructuring taxes
including the sales tax, the effort was scuttled. The predicted fiscal "
train wreck" is now here. The legislature has done a variety things to
adjust the state budget to avoid any kind of tax increase. For example, instead
of raising the gas tax to pay for roads the legislature juggled education funds
to allow more funding in the general fund to pay for roads. The fact is the
State is not generating enough revenue from the right sources to meet current
needs. Yes, adjust the sales tax to get the needed revenue, but don't use
education funds as part of the equation.
Adding $70 mil to the nominal expense of Medicaid expansion is kicking the can
down the road, no? What am I missing?