Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Consistency is not the hobgoblins of these little minds

The very same Republicans who wanted to impose a property tax freeze now want to tap into local property taxes to pay for the tax-and-spend-really-foolishly Department of Transportation's "Pave Wisconsin" program, according to the JS.

Rep. Mark Gottlieb (R-Port Washington) developed a report that noted that road projects drive up property values, creating a larger tax base for local governments. Some of that tax revenue should be used to pay for the roads.

The Republicans are making themselves clearer now. Property tax money spent on libraries, police, firefighters, garbage collection, education, restaurant inspections, emergency medical services, and local road repair and maintenance are bad; property tax money spent to feed WisDOT, the big, bottomless pig at the table, is good.

If WisDOT would just better manage the billions it already has, we wouldn't even be talking about stealing money from communities that already don't have enough.

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