"I'm not sure many people around the state realize the aversion to sales taxes there is in Racine County," Lehman said, adding that people are still mad about "that little one-tenth of one percent of a sales tax for Miller Park."Here are 8 reasons why Lehman's assessment is wrong:
1. The RTA isn't a multi-million corporation that pays its employees millions of dollars to play a game many people could care less about.
2. The proposed RTA isn't located in western Milwaukee County. KRM would stop in Racine and Caledonia, and Racine's bus system would get needed money.
3. Racine and Caledonia would actually gain economic benefit from the RTA. Racine County was included in the Miller Park stadium tax with the dubious claim that Brewer fans would stay in the county. KRM stations would generated development.
4. George Petak made a back room deal in the middle of the night to flip his support in favor of the Miller Park stadium tax. That's what made people angry.
5. The RTA's sales tax could be used to offset local property taxes - not a professional sports stadium.
6. Lehman's political base is in Racine, not western Racine County. He shouldn't take his base for granted.
7. State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, has already staked out the anti-KRM position. If Vos runs for Senate, Lehman has already lost the KRM issue.
8. Lehman's KRM stance is a failure to lead. That may cost him more at the polls than voting for KRM.