Issue of the Week: Harley’s Troubles: It’s Not State Taxes
Plus Hero and Jerk of the Week
according to a new study by the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future (IWF), that just isn’t
fact, Harley-Davidson’s Wisconsin taxes have
dropped from almost $23 million in 2005 to just under $1 million—a much bigger
drop than the company’s pre-tax profits.
that $22 million in taxes? Harley chalked it up to a one-time-only bookkeeping
charge, not the combined reporting law.
also noted that in 2006 the state started phasing in a new corporate tax policy
that actually helps Wisconsin-based manufacturers like Harley.
the change had not been made and Harley had continued to pay taxes at its 2005
rate, then in 2008 its income tax bill would have been $16 million instead of
$1 million,” the report states.
much for Walker’s
Heroes of the Week
Founded in 1978, the Bay View
Community Center (1320 E. Oklahoma Ave.)
offers a full slate of programs to help and enrich the lives of citizens in its
South Side neighborhood. The center relies on more than 250 volunteers to staff
its programs, which include tutoring, a children’s play group, senior
assistance and an emergency food pantry.
Every Friday since 1998,
Stan Dickenson has been coming in to pack and stock food for the emergency
relief pantry. With the help of Stan’s four sons, the Dickenson family has made
it a multi-generational volunteer effort. Greg, the eldest son, began helping
when he was 12 years old, and has recently graduated from college. Sons Fred
and Edward followed in his footsteps, and the youngest, Albert, recently began
working alongside Stan at the center as well.
Readers who wish to help
at the pantry or in one of the organization’s other endeavors are encouraged to
contact the Bay View Community Center
at 414-482-1000, or visit www.bayviewcenter.org.
Jerk of the Week
State Sen. Mary Lazich
Witnessing the backlash to the proposed 80 units of workforce housing in New Berlin has been distressing on many levels. But perhaps the saddest part of the spectacle has been state Sen. Mary Lazich’s allegations about the developer’s attempt to generate support for the project from two Madison Democrats. Yes, MSP Real Estate approached the Dane County legislators—but the developers did so to win support for projects in the senators’ own districts (which they got), not for the development in New Berlin. In truth, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority won’t even accept letters of support from out-of-district legislators. Lazich, however, not only made these accusations about MSP, but also managed to inject even more drama into an already heated argument over low-income housing in New Berlin. Lazich should use her position to help her constituents and local decision-makers make wise choices and not intentionally stir the pot with misinformation.