Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

If it looks like a tax increase and sounds like a tax increase...


Every state in America is suffering economically and I have written many blogs about their troubles and the long road to recovery each state will experience, even after the recession is finally over.

State governments have options to deal with huge deficits. My preferred route is to cut spending and avoid all tax increases.

Possibly comprehending the anger of taxpayers nationwide, some state officials around the country are attempting to increase revenue without boosting taxes. However, the Washington Times reports they are trying to do so in a sneaky way. They simply call the tax increases something else, even though they are tax increases.

Fee hike?  It is a tax increase.

Hunting license increase?  Tax increase.

Increased fines? They are tax increases.

A tax exemption that is eliminated? That, too, is a tax increase.

The Washington Times writes, “A report issued in December by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and the National Governors Association found that states raised taxes and fees by $23.9 billion in fiscal 2010, nearly tripling the $8.1 billion in such increases implemented the previous year. More increases are likely in the coming year.”

Popular tactics by tax-increasers according to the Times include raising taxes on high-earners and implementing so-called sin taxes.

The trick is then to call the increase anything but a tax. The ploy is called doublespeak that I wrote about during 2007 when Governor Doyle wanted to impose what amounted to a gas tax increase.

Governor Doyle called the tax increase, “an assessment on oil companies,” a prime example of doublespeak
since any tax increase on oil companies found to be constitutional would merely be passed on to consumers at the gasoline pump.

A tax is a tax is a tax, no matter the disguise.

Read more in the Washington Times. 

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