Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Day 1: The Nursing Home Bed 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 the increase on the Nursing Home Bed Tax in the 2009-2011 biennial budget.

“We are not getting any younger and the Governor sees this as cash grab from people who have already done more than their fair share. The Democrats are budgeting on the backs of our state most vulnerable citizens,” stated Kanavas.

Governor Doyle’s budget creates $1.7 billion dollars in tax and fee increases. The nursing home bed provision raises that tax on each licensed bed by $75.00 per bed per month in 2009-2010 and by $95.00 per bed per month in 2010-2011. The tax increase on our senior citizens adds an additional $72,727,700 to state coffers.

“It’s wrong that the Governor has decided to target senior citizens to do his dirty work. His fiscal irresponsibility in past budgets has put us in the position we are in today,” Kanavas concluded.

This release is part of Senator Kanavas’ April Tax Awareness Campaign designed to educate Wisconsinites about the billions of dollars in new taxes and fees contained in the Democrat’s 2009-2011 budget.

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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