The State Senate just took the vote for final passage of the budget. I voted no. Despite numerous attempts by my Republican colleagues and I to amend the bill, all Senate Democrats voted in a block, and defeated all of them.
The problems with this budget bill are too many to get into tonight (like the $48 million in pork). We'll have to wait and see what they come up with during the conference committee.
PS- I am going to vote against that too!
Here is the release I sent from the office:
Kanavas Votes Against State Budget
(Madison, WI)…State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) released the following statement in response to his vote against the 2009-2011 State Budget:
“Senate Democrats are claiming to look out for taxpayers but the budget they just passed drops the ACME anvil on our hard-working citizens.
The Democrats did what was nearly impossible, they managed to take a horrible budget and make it worse. This bill is riddled with billions of tax and fee increases, highlighted by a new $485.6 million tax on capital gains.
Capital gains were paid by 248,000 Wisconsin tax-filers last year hitting small businesses disproportionately hard. Small businesses are the engine of economic growth in our state and the capital gains tax provision is exactly the wrong thing to do at exactly the wrong time.”
To learn more about Senator Kanavas or the 33rd Senate District, please visit his website at: www.senatorkanavas.com.