State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, released the following statement regarding the introduction of Gov. Jim Doyle’s 2009-2011 budget Tuesday:
“Today, as the Joint Finance Committee convened to address the Governor’s current-year budget deficit in his budget bailout bill, and the Legislature convened to learn of his plan to address the $5.7 billion deficit in the upcoming biennium, we learned one thing: No one is safe from tax increases in Governor Doyle’s budget.
“The teenager who downloads music will now be subject to the iPhone tax; the average middle-income family will now face more tuition hikes; the successful small business owner who creates jobs will have to sustain an income tax increase; and the retiring family farmer will have a smaller nest-egg because of an increase in the capital gains tax.
“With unemployment rates nearing double digits, where is Doyle’s plan to create jobs? How will he revitalize the economy during the worst recession of the post-war era?
“From what we’ve seen today, it seems he’ll offer a few tax credits – calling it a stimulus plan, and then increase taxes on a broad cross-section of Wisconsin citizens in order to fix a mess he has spent six years creating.
“Even President Obama has shown that raising taxes in this economy is not the answer to fixing our economic mess. Doyle’s plan is a sure-fire way to take a fiscal mess and turn it into a financial crisis for Wisconsin residents.”