To the Editor-
I remember when my daughter and two of her 5th grade friends were assigned a science project to state a hypothesis, test it, and draw a conclusion from the collected data.
Even though I tried to explain the assignment, they had no interest in studying data. They wanted to make a volcano and that’s just what they did. Volcanoes are more fun than real science.
Our governor must have had similar trouble with 5th grade science, because he has taken absolutely no notice of the effect his tax cuts have had on revenues in Wisconsin.
Governor Walker is still telling potential primary voters from other states that “revenues go up even while [tax] rates go down, and the economy gets better for everyone.” Now in Wisconsin more cuts to programs and more borrowing are needed to pass a budget.
This trickle-down or voodoo economics is not working. How long will it take for Wisconsin Republicans to look at the data and conclude that their strategy is faulty? Many 5th graders would be happy to explain the scientific method of evidence comparison to them.
Then for a fresh idea on how to improve our economy, they need only look one state away to Minnesota where the Democrats raised the tax rate on the top earners more than 2%, increased renter credits, and raised the minimum wage. In Minnesota, instead of borrowing and cutting programs like we are doing, the legislature is deciding how to spend their projected 1.2 billion dollar tax collection surplus.
Leigh Allgaier, Stevens Point