Friday, July 11, 2008

Who Wants to Move to a State Where it's Supreme Court is Packed with Business Lobbyists?

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has been stacked by the conservative lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and it's paying off big for state businesses that want to evade taxes. And soon, another recently elected Republican Justice will replace the liberal leaning incumbent Louise Butler, making it a 5 to 2 majority. All this, while the citizens of Wisconsin won’t even know why their taxes continue to go through the roof. This is all part of the plan to deconstruct a government of “we the people” to a state of a corporate governance. And for all of you free marketers out there effected by this courts rulings, perhaps you'll find corporate benevolence more to your liking. And don't forget to open your wallets. Case in point, fewer business taxes coming into the state. From AP:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court blew a $265 million hole into the state budget (ruling) that the state improperly was collecting sales tax on customized computer software sales by Menasha Corporation. Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson, writing for the three dissenting justices, said the ruling was clearly wrong. "Wisconsin taxpayers will pick up the tab by those who have escaped taxation as a result of the majority opinion," Abrahamson wrote. The ruling (was) written by the court's newest member Justice Annette Ziegler, who in last years election, received campaign support from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state's largest conservative business lobby.

Would it come as any surprise that “WMC also filed a brief in support of Menasha Corporation in the case.”

Maybe Wisconsin will be a magnet and safe haven for corporate irresponsibility. Fine. But no one should expect people to choose to move to a state they won’t get political representation or a fair shake legally.

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