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- Category: News/Views
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:54
- Written by andycraig
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On September 4, the Government Accountability Board voted in closed session to dismiss the complaint I filed on July 4 against the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The W.B.A. is the organization which has issued the criteria for inclusion in the 2014 televised gubernatorial debates. These criteria have the deliberate effect of prohibiting Libertarian and other third-party candidates from participating, turning the debates into an exclusive promotion for the Democratic and Republican nominees.
The Board issued a brief two-page ruling, which I have attached below. I want to take this opportunity to explain why I filed this action, and my response to the rules adopted by the state's elections agency.
First, the basis of the complaint: Wisconsin law imposes strict requirements on campaign expenditures to advocate the defeat or election of candidates for public office.
If Robert Burke, the Libertarian candidate for Governor, were to accept an offer from a corporation (such as the W.B.A., which is in turn made up of incorporated TV and radio stations), or even from an individual, to air a ninety-minute statewide commercial for him to speak to the voters, that would be illegal.
We couldn't do it—and yet, Republicans and Democrats collude to get exactly that in the form of a special statewide broadcast that only their candidates can participate in. Thus these supposedly neutral, nonpartisan forums become effective advocacy for the defeat of excluded candidates, and constitute an extremely valuable and illegal in-kind contribution to the Walker (R) and Burke (D) campaigns.
- Category: News/Views
- Published on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 23:11
- Written by Jim Maas
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Last week, readers learned that Wisconsin tax collections for the last fiscal year were down 2% from projections and by over 1% from the previous year. In January, as legislators from all over Wisconsin were high-fiving the rainbow and unicorn projections for revenues, I was asked what I would do with the projected budget surplus. My response was to place it in reserves as Wisconsin would face tough times ahead.
Wisconsin politicians on the Red and Blue teams have been unable to set aside enough of the short-term revenue growth that comes in during an economic boom to avoid later tax increases and/or spending cuts when the economy turns sour. State reserves are expected to drop to 8.6% of spending this year and to 7.4% next year, according to experts in the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance (WisTax).
Rather than use increased revenue to pay down the $13.7 billion in debt accumulated during the last decade or rebuild General Fund Reserves, the Blue Team wanted to spend it and the Red Team wanted to reduce taxes. Dealing with debt has and continues to be a bipartisan abdication, according to Dale Knapp, research director at WisTax.
Wisconsin’s budget balances are declining from 5.3% of spending last year to 1% next year, which is close to the level Wisconsin carried at the beginning of the last recession, which led to our increased long-term debt. Budget experts recommend savings of at least 5% of spending. More would be even better. Mary Burke and Scott Walker are not listening.
The punch bowl of the Federal Reserve is being removed and is scheduled to end in October. Layoffs have begun in earnest and our state faces a new set of serious problems. We have a housing bubble bursting with sales off 10%, we have an education bubble bursting and Mary Burke wants to shift the losses to Wisconsin taxpayers. Businesses are closing, such as Sears, Radio Shack, JC Penny, and K-Mart, which are manifestations of the larger job losses which include OshKosh Corp, Caterpillar, and Dominion Energy.
We have hit an inflection point in our economy. We have major inflation occurring in our food prices that will tie the hands of further central bank stimulus. The next step will be for interest rates to first bottom out at near historic lows before rising precipitously and squeezing small and midsized businesses which depend on a business model rebuilt on five years of manipulated credit markets.
Given Wisconsin’s inadequate preparation for hard times in the past, do voters think the state government should put more money aside for hard times, or less? Out of the four candidates, I am the only one running for governor who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I am the candidate willing and able to deal with the impending problems facing Wisconsin’s economy and I believe, “Forward is in the other direction.”
Robert Burke, candidate for governor
- Category: About Us
- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2009 19:53
- Written by Super User
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The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is committed to America’s heritage of freedom:
- Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- A free-market economy of abundance and prosperity
- A foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade
As Libertarians, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.
We seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals control their own lives and are never forced to compromise their values or sacrifice their property.
We believe that no conflict exists between civil order and individual rights and that individuals, groups, or governments should not initiate force against other individuals, groups, or governments.
We invite you to join us in the partnership for a more free and prosperous America.