“A COURT SHOULD NOT EFFECTIVELY OVERRIDE AN ENACTED TAX STATUTE BY IMPOSING THE COURT’S VIEWS OF ECONOMIC POLICY OR OF THE WISDOM OF A TAX LAW,” THE CHIEF JUSTICE WROTE.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Already Collecting Dividends from Buying the State Supreme Court
Ziegler, Van Hollen and WMC deliver huge tax bill
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The state Supreme Court,state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the big business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) handed Wisconsin residents a $350 million tax hike—and gave corpora tions a new tax break.
That figure could turn into a budget-bust ing $350 million as state corporations ask for tax rebates. State taxpayers will have to pick up the tab. The ruling represents a triumph for WMC, which was instrumental in electing Ziegler to the state Supreme Court and Van Hollen to the position of state attorney general. WMC spent $2 million on negative ads attacking Ziegler’s opponent in 2007, $2.5 million on ads attacking Van Hollen’s oppo nent in 2006 and helped Menasha argue its appeals. WMC had made the Menasha decision a “priority issue,” even though its campaign ads attacked big business oppo nents for being soft on crime and bad for Wisconsin.
So WMC was a well-known ally to both the prosecution and the defense (Van
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