Unemployment at record highs and what does he want to do...raise taxes on cigarettes and gasoline!
He called for altering Wisconsin's exemption for capital gains to pull in an additional $85 million and boosting the state's cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack to draw an additional $290 million over the biennium. That would push the state's tax to $2.52 a pack, which would be among the highest in the nation. With the new federal tax figured in, smokers would now pay $3.53 in taxes a pack.
This was copied from a article in the Wiscpolitics.com.
I’m sure many non-smokers applaud this tax increase and think it is great that the government wants to “stick it to those nasty smokers”.
Do you think the same people will applaud the increase in criminal activity, which is brought about by increasing taxes? They should because it’s bound to happen.
The following has been copied from Cato.org, Cigarette Taxes, Black Markets, and Crime: Lessons from New York’s 50-Year Losing Battle.
Thanks to recent city- and state-level tax hikes, New York City now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country—a combined state and local tax rate of $3.00 per pack. Consumers have responded by turning to the city's bustling black market and other low-tax sources of cigarettes. During the four months following the recent tax hikes, sales of taxed cigarettes in the city fell by more than 50 percent compared to the same period the prior year.
New York has a long history of cigarette tax evasion. Former governor Malcolm Wilson dubbed the city the "promised land for cigarette bootleggers." Over the decades, a series of studies by federal, state, and city officials has found that high taxes have created a thriving illegal market for cigarettes in the city. That market has diverted billions of dollars from legitimate businesses and governments to criminals.
Cigarette tax targets a select group of people, so it is time to start taxing other select group. The state should add a $5.00 tax per round of golf and a $1.00 per game tax on bowling. Softball is huge in the state of Wisconsin, a $50.00 per team tax should be added when teams resister in a league.
I am sure there are many other select groups out there just willing to pay an increased tax on their activities.