Monday, April 6, 2009

Day 6: The Tailgate Tax

(Madison)…State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), as part of his April tax Awareness Campaign to raise the profile of Governor Doyle’s and the Democrat’s tax and spend proposals, today focused on animal slaughter fees in the 2009-2011 biennial budget.

“Governor Doyle’s budget punches Wisconsin consumers right in the gut by taxing food we put on our tables. If you plan on taking your family to the ballpark to tailgate, attend a neighborhood cookout or simply make dinner at home, the Democrats want you to pay more for the privilege,” stated Kanavas.

The Democrat’s 2009-2001 budget proposal includes a provision to tax slaughterhouses $0.14 for swine, $0.14 for cattle, $0.10 for calves, and $0.01 for poultry. According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Governor’s budget will raise taxes on Wisconsin slaughterhouses by $1,500,000 over the biennium. Overall, the budget contains $1.7 billion in new taxes and fees.

“Families are going to pay more for food so the state can send regulators to slaughterhouses that are already adhering to strict inspection requirements instituted by the USDA. It’s another tax that will result in businesses and consumers paying more simply because they’re in Wisconsin,” Kanavas concluded.

To learn more about Senator Kanavas’ April Tax Awareness Campaign, Senator Kanavas’ initiatives and the 33rd Senate District please visit his website at:


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