Incumbent State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-5th District) has been now been caught backed into a corner as the beer tax the vulnerable State Senator supports is not flying well by not just his candidate Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa, Brookfield 14th District), but Rep. Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis-15th District), and Rep. David Cullen (D-West Milwaukee/Milwaukee 13th District) who also oppose the beer tax.
This comes into play as the State Senate candidate exposed the once center-left and now extreme left wing State Senator for trying to inflict more taxes on Wisconsin’s middle class at a time when Wisconsin cannot afford new taxes. The State Senator now is all alone on this crusade as not just the Assembly members in his district oppose the beer tax, but Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan and Assembly Joint Finance Chairman Mark Pocan also expressed their serious opposition.
However, Senator Sullivan who is the Vice-Chairman of the Wisconsin Senate Judiciary Committee used his political arrogance to shove the additional hard-liquor tax without giving any party time for honest, genuine debate on the issue during an October 6th hearing. This outraged State Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Waupun 18th District) who saw first hand when Senator Sullivan destroyed a good, bi-partisan bill passed by the Assembly and the Senate version by Alberta Darling by only giving thirteen, yes thirteen minutes for debate between both parties. It was reported that Sen. Sullivan even went so far as to say, “the chair and I went 15 rounds on this thing” during the actual committee vote. However, it was reported by the Vukmir Campaign that recently Jim Sullivan lashed out at his constituents during a listening session who are becoming very wary of his extreme liberal motives which can be evidenced by his endorsement of Barbara Lawton for Governor.
What this proves is if Senator Sullivan wanted real DWI reform, he would of voiced out at the 12 Democrats on the corrupt Wisconsin Legislative Joint Finance Committee to put it as a budget priority. By acting on DWI as a budget priority, this would have been done without cutting funds for the Department of Justice nor insert pork barrel goodies or forming RTA’s without voter approval. Basically, taxpayers would not had to fear another tax increase if Sullivan had a spine to stand up to the Joint Finance Committee. Regardless of his no vote on the State Budget, Senator Sullivan can be rendered as another corrupt, unethical Democrat for allowing the lack of transparency and debate of the state budget to fly by and by his actions in committee to insert the hard liquor tax by acting like a Washington, DC democrat to squash debate on the stealth liquor tax proposal.
At a time when the Democrats inflict more to a already high tax burden on the middle class, engage in shoddy Washington-style politics, and ram down more taxes without honest debate, we are seeing more jobs leave this state already thanks to a unethical DPW. We do not need another beer or liquor tax when OWI reform is needed, what Wisconsin needs is up and down budget reform before we see another job move to Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Virginia, or North Dakota. Pure state budget reform and setting priorities would allow for OWI reform without raising taxes. No matter how you label this, Senator Jim Sullivan is all alone on the beer tax crusade because people in both parties see him as another nanny state, socialist liberal like Terese Berceau and Fred Risser who worship the beer tax. Next year when voters in the 5th state senate district come to the polls, they will render their judgment to give Sullivan a pink slip and send him to the unemployment line.