Monday, January 27, 2020

Wisconsin wheel tax UPDATE: Madison initiates gift card program for low-income families

The emojis weigh in on the gift card program.


12/1/2019 update, "Langlade County in Trump's America is the latest addition to the list", starts here.

Source:  Wikipedia

Source:  Wisconline

Source:  Wikipedia
3rd-party candidates received 25.1% of vote in 1992, 15.7% of vote in 1996, 4.5% in 2016
(George Wallace received 9.8% of the vote in 1968)

It's never an easy call.

Related reading:
Public hearing Tuesday on county 'wheel tax' would boost vehicle fees.  (Antigo Daily Journal) 
Emails to Madison leaders reveal strong opposition to $40 wheel tax.  (, 11/25/2019)

11/28/2019 update, "Dear Michael, Meet Robin Vos and his 63-36 majority in the Wisconsin State Assembly, starts here.

It will be numerous election cycles before this is reversed

Photo credit:  City of Madison

Quoted in Alder proposes alternative funding source to wheel tax.  (WKOW 11/19/2019)

Not to mention gerrymandering.

7/3/2019 update, "Wisconsin GOP legislators thwarted in effort to shit on their #1 principle", starts here.

Reported in Wheel tax bill fails to advance out of legislative committee.  (Telegraph-Herald, 7/2/2019; subscription required)

See list of hypocritical GOP sponsors at 6/15/2019 update.

6/30/2019 update, "Wisconsin's latest wheel tax tally:  25 municipalities, 11 counties (Thank you, Scott Walker!)", starts here.

Related reading:
Bumpy ride: an endless quest to fix local roads in Wisconsin.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/15/2017)
In his budget bill, Gov. Scott Walker proposes using project delays and borrowing to help provide more funding over the next two years for local government projects and close a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state's road fund.

6/15/2019 update, "GET ME REWRITE: Once again, Wisconsin GOP shits on its #1 principle", starts here.

These 16 GOP Assembly and 6 GOP Senate hypocrites ARE NOT representatives of a government that is closest to the people.

Only voters could approve new wheel taxes under GOP bill.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/13/2019)
Data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation show that 25 municipalities and 11 counties currently collect the local vehicle registration fee. The fee ranges anywhere from $10 to $30, and the average price of the fee in Wisconsin is just under $20. Curt Witynski, deputy director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, called the legislation a “classic interference with local decision making.”

4/28/2019 update, "Your Wisconsin wheel tax update starts here", starts here.

It's spreading like wildfire!

25 municipalities and 10 counties

2/25/2019 update, "In less than 3 years, the number of Wisconsin municipalities and counties collecting a vehicle registration fee has more than doubled", starts here.

But wait, there's more!

Related posts:
UPDATE. Now that Dane County approved a vehicle registration fee, it's time again for WIGOP to violate its most cherished principle.  (12/17/2017)
Lincoln County becomes 6th county to implement vehicle registration fee.  (9/26/2017)
Milwaukee County looks to go to the head of the class with wheel tax advisory referendum.  (3/21/2017)

Additional jurisdictions likely to add their names to Wisconsin wheel tax list.  (8/20/2016)
Add Fort Atkinson to the list of municipalities assessing a wheel tax.  (2/24/2016)

Sheboygan Common Council wheel tax vote: The yeas, the nays & the chickenshits.  (10/14/2015)
Sheboygan Council Vice-President tells his colleagues not to pee their pants at upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.  (10/11/2015)
Sheboygan Common Council ponders an annual $20 wheel tax.  (8/25/2015)

Janesville becomes 5th community to impose a wheel tax.  (12/1/2011)
Three Dane County supervisors propose wheel tax.  (11/9/2011;  it didn't fly.)
Hudson lawmaker puts his finger on Janesville's pulse.  (10/20/2011)
Mayville retains its wheel tax.  (10/13/2011)
Wheel tax proposed in Janesville.  (10/12/2011)

Original 6/20/2016 post, "Additional jurisdictions likely to add their names to Wisconsin wheel tax list", starts here.

Communities Turn To Wheel Tax For Road Maintenance.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 8/12/2016)
Dan Fedderly of the Wisconsin County Highway Association points to a decade of stagnant road funding from the state that's left locals with little choice. "We just simply need to address what has been a pending dilemma for many years and has got to the point where it is in crisis mode for many local units of government across the state," Fedderly said.

Related reading:
Bumpy ride: an endless quest to fix local roads in Wisconsin No decision on Marathon County wheel tax.  (Northwoods Radio, 8/19/2016)
Wausau asks county for wheel tax cash.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 8/18/2016)
Milwaukee County.  County wheel tax, end to free GO Pass proposed.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/12/2016)
Green Bay considers road tax to fund roadwork.  (Green Bay Press Gazette, 8/2/2016)
Portage council OKs wheel tax; goes into effect Jan. 1.  (The Times, 5/5/2016)

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