Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

QEO repeal



If The QEO Is Repealed, Where Will The Money Come From? Unfortunately, That's Easy

By Mary Lazich
Friday, Dec 12 2008, 08:24 AM
One of the top priorities of Governor Doyle and legislative Democrats in the next session in Madison will be the repeal of the QEO, a guaranteed property tax increase.

 The Tomah Journal recently editorialized rather succinctly that if the QEO is repealed, the state must find a source for increased teacher salaries. The newspaper writes:

“The QEO operates as both a cap AND a floor for teachers salaries. There are many private-sector workers in Wisconsin who can only dream of a mechanism that guarantees a 3.8 percent annual compensation hike. If teachers start getting raises of 5, 6 or 7 percent instead of 3.8 percent, the money must come from somewhere.”

Of all the options the Tomah Journal lists as sources for the money needed to fund the QEO’s repeal, tax increases seem to be most likely

Meanwhile, the La Crosse Tribune reports that, “Dale Knapp, research director for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, said that Wisconsin’s salaries for all teachers are usually at or above national averages but that benefits are usually among or near the top five states in the country.”

The paper also reports that Dan Rossmiller, a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards believes the repeal of the QEO will result in teacher positions being cut.

Read more in the La Crosse Tribune.


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