Tuesday, May 20, 2008

'The Sensenbrenner Tax' and Real ID

Last year, Wisconsin legislators raised the driver's license fee by $10 to pay for state compliance with Real ID, the national ID law authored by Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner. The fee, which raised Wisconsin taxes by $22 million, will now be used to balance the Wisconsin state budget.

Now Congressman Sensenbrenner is mad. He calls the deal, negotiated by Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) and Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston), a "breach of faith with the people of Wisconsin" and a "fiscal shell game."

This turn of events leaves many Wisconsin conservatives scratching their heads in wonder: Congressman Sensenbrenner purports to be a foe of big government. So why is he complaining that Wisconsin legislators aren't spending his tax increase the way he wants them to?
That's the question asked by Sensenbrenner's opponent in the Republican primary, on the Small Business Times blog, which -- besides calling the new fee the Sensenbrenner Tax -- includes a lot of reasons for both the left and right to oppose Sensenbrenner's Real ID law. Read it here.


clyde winter said...

It would be good at this time, close to Memorial Day, to provide the breaking news about the New G.I. Bill, F. James Sensenbrenner, and the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to all Wisconsin citizens.

See it by clicking on the link connected to my name.

Thanks for your blog and for keeping the spotlight on Sensenbrenner.

Anonymous said...

It would be good for you to understand that Doyle took the money from the place where it was intended to be used, for the real i.d. DUH! DOYLE put it in a government slush fund and now citizens can't track what it is being spent on MAN get a CLUE! Real i.d was intended to prevent VOTER FRAUD (SEE ACORN). GOOD GRIEF you mangle the truth ALL OVER THIS BLOG.