Wolf Attacks Taxpayers
12/30/2015
A misleading headline on Tuesday read: “GOV. WOLF VETOES GOP BUDGET, WILL RELEASE FUNDS FOR SCHOOLS.” The headline should have read: “GOV. WOLF SIGNS 77% OF GOP BUDGET, BUT LINE ITEM VETOES 23% OF FUNDS INCLUDING SIX MONTHS OF SCHOOL FUNDING.”

As I was writing this memo, I heard a constituent talking with my staff in the front office, so I took a break from writing to greet him and listen to his concerns. He told me that I should go on TV and refute Wolf. I explained that we don’t have the ability to go on TV unless the media contacts us, but that I have released Internet videos and was currently writing a memo to address Wolf’s antics.

The legislation that has the most far-reaching impact on the policies and actions of state government is the budget. Wolf has chosen to be an obstructionist to the state budget process in order to advance his liberalism. He proposed tax increases this year that were greater than all the other 49 states added together and he was recognized by a liberal media outlet as the most liberal governor in the country. He has displayed what so many already knew—liberals don’t care about people; they only care about control.

Wolf started this year off by proposing a $4.7 billion tax increase. He proposed to increase the state sales tax by 10 percent and the Personal Income Tax by 21 percent. In addition, he wanted to expand the sales tax to items such as diapers and caskets!

I voted for a NO-tax increase, balanced budget and it was on Wolf’s desk on the June 30 deadline. Wolf vetoed the entire 200-page budget in less than four hours after receiving it! He also vetoed our liquor privatization legislation and historic state government and public school pension reform legislation.

Wolf continued his demand for $4.7 billion more from taxpayers throughout the summer.

In September we passed a NO-tax increase budget stop-gap bill, and Wolf once again vetoed it to create a crisis to be used as leverage for his push to increase taxes.

Last week, just before Christmas, the state Senate passed a budget we sent to them earlier this month that could be funded with NO tax increases. On Tuesday, Wolf derided the budget bill as “ridiculous.” He called it “garbage,” and decried it as “an act of stupidity.” His adolescent rant was not becoming of a governor, nor of one whose resume promoted him as a business leader before his election, nor was it the vocabulary you would expect from someone who has a Ph.D. in political science.

After listening to the governor, you would have expected him to veto the entire budget or line item veto the majority of it, but he signed 77 percent of the funding into law and only line item vetoed 23 percent!

A couple of the vetoed line items to note are the 50 percent reduction of basic education funds and a complete elimination of funding for the Public Employee Retirement Commission. By law, the Public Employee Retirement Commission must provide an analysis before the Legislature considers any changes to the state or school employee pension plans. By vetoing their funding, he has created another obstacle to pension reform. He also vetoed 50 percent of the basic education funding to create another school funding crisis to be used as leverage in his demand for more out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

Earlier this year America Works USA, an arm of the Democrat Governors Association which is heavily funded by public sector unions, attacked me and other Republican legislators across the state through mailings, Internet pop up ads, and radio and television advertisements because of our opposition to the Wolf agenda. The public sector unions and the teachers’ union have been active advocates for the Wolf tax increase budget.

The public sector unions spent millions of dollars to elect Wolf, now they want theirs, which is really yours!

Wolf’s demand has been reduced from a multi-billion dollar annual tax increase to a $1 billion plus annual tax increase.

Let’s say you meet a thug on the street and he demands that you give him $100. After you explain to him that you need your money to put gas in your car so that you can get home, your children need to be fed and you need to buy a medical prescription, he reduces his demand to only $20. Whether he demands $100 or $20, it is still robbery!

Regardless of the amount, Wolf’s demand for higher taxes and more of your money is still legalized theft and it is wrong!

I will continue the fight to protect hard-working taxpayers!
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