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Articles tagged with 'taxes'


Sheehy's call for taxpayers to fund new arena faces uphill climb

Published Oct. 29, 2014

Over the years, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its president, Tim Sheehy, have been vocal and ardent opponents of new taxes. That's why more than a few business leaders were still trying to process the messages Sheehy gave them when he spoke to the Milwaukee Rotary Club recently about the need to raise public financing for the region's cultural and entertainment venues.


Mr. Barrett, tear down this wall!

Published May 17, 2013

I love Milwaukee. As a kid living in rural communities, I couldn't wait to one day move to the big city. Summer festivals, Brewers games and Lake Michigan seemed to call my name at an early age. After graduating from college, there was little doubt where I would end up starting a life. That being said, the realities of living in the big city drew a stark comparison to the expectations I had built up in my own mind.


Rollercoaster ride of assessments upsets my stomach

Published April 30, 2013

Living in the City of Milwaukee has provided a rollercoaster ride of assessments since I bought my house a decade ago. You've likely experienced the same. On Saturday, we got our new assessment and found it had dropped another 8 percent and our home is now assessed at less than we paid 10 years ago. That's depressing.


Your choices, our consequences

Published March 26, 2013

One of the truths of private sector business is that not all of the effects of a recession are bad. It allows businesses to "trim the fat." The owner's nephew that shows up late once a month for the last three years will be let go. Employees that aren't hard working, reliable or trustworthy are downsized. Companies will look everywhere for ideas on cutting back on expenses and spending. Employees are cross trained and will end up doing more work with fewer resources. Companies will necessarily purge redundancies in order to save money, enhance margins and grow profits.


When tax forms make grown women cry

Published April 15, 2011

I have come to a point in my life where I feel like I should really have my "stuff" together. I'm not in college, I'm approaching 30, I have a full time job, a car loan, rent, etc. and I feel like I should really be on top of my game in all life's aspects. A small fraction of the time I do feel that way, but then tax season hits and I become a bumbling moron.


Sunday Sound-off: What did you do with your tax refund?

Published April 18, 2010

Tax Day has come and gone for another year. Some people waited until the last second -- or filed for an extension -- while some were ahead of the game, filed early and already received refund checks.


Police union prefers that MPD polices itself

Published Oct. 29, 2008

It's always nice to be able to police yourself. Just ask the Milwaukee Police Department union brass. The union has filed a lawsuit challenging the new process the city uses to hear citizen complaints against cops. The Fire and Police Commission started the new method in April after the state Supreme Court found flaws in the previous plan, mainly because it allowed police to police themselves.


Are today's teens tuned in to politics?

Published Aug. 30, 2008

Following in the footsteps of the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who recently texted the name of his running mate to his supporters, I decided to use texting to perform a highly, un-scientific social experiment and find out what teens think about the upcoming election.


Imagine: Milwaukee the tax haven?

Published July 29, 2008

Over the years, the message that Milwaukee is some sort of terrible business tax hell hole has been perpetually hammered upon us by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Their drumbeat is omnipresent and incessant to the point that many of us just take it as a given, without even considering that it might not be true.


Milwaukee ranks on liberty, health, risk, vice

Published July 1, 2008

In its upcoming August edition (print and online), Reason looks at how the 35 most-populous cities in the United States balance individual freedom with government paternalism. How does Milwaukee rank? See it now before the results are released.