Monday, October 15, 2012

RELEASE: Tammy Baldwin is Too Extreme for Wisconsin Farmers


CONTACT: Lisa Boothe 608-661-6363 or

Tammy Baldwin is Too Extreme for
Wisconsin Farmers
Baldwin's Dairy Farm Visit Highlights How She Has Failed Farmers

Madison, WI
- Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin will be visiting a dairy farm in Spring Valley today, but farmers who examine her record won't find much in common with her. Instead of easing the heavy handed burden of higher taxes on Wisconsin farmers, Baldwin has voted in favor of higher taxes 159 times.

While Baldwin was in the state Assembly, she voted against Governor Thompson's legislation to give Wisconsinites $1.2 billion in property tax relief. She also went against Wisconsin's family farmers when she voted against use value assessment. To add insult to injury to Wisconsin's farmers, Baldwin has been a reliable vote in favor of the death tax which decimates the family farm.

"Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin is too extreme for Wisconsin farmers," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "Unlike Tommy Thompson, who runs his family farm, Baldwin doesn't understand the challenges facing farm owners. Instead of lifting the heavy burden of taxes on farmers, Baldwin has voted every step of the way to decimate the family farm. Her support for the death tax signifies her gross misunderstanding of family owned farms that are passed down from generation to generation. Her opposition to Wisconsin's use value assessment and support for higher property and estate taxes further highlight her extreme stance on farming."

Thompson, a farm owner himself, has a long history of supporting Wisconsin's farmers. His history of support earned him the endorsement of the
Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Baldwin Voted Against A Property Tax Relief Bill Proposed By Governor Thompson. (Wisconsin Assembly Roll Call, AB 150, Sequence No. 360: Motion agreed to by a vote of 52-47, 6/22/95, Baldwin Voted Nay)

Governor Thompson's Budget Cut Property Taxes By $1.2 Billion.
"The governor's budget distributes nearly $ 1.2 billion in new state money for public schools to cut local property taxes. The budget changes the old school aids distribution formula so that all school districts -- rich and poor -- share in the property tax relief plan." (David Callender, "Assembly Approves More School Choice," Capital Times," 6/21/95)

The Average Wisconsin Homeowner Would Pay $193 Less In Property Taxes Under Governor Thompson's Budget.
"The first Republican-controlled Assembly in 25 years has handed Gov. Tommy Thompson a major victory, approving his $33 billion state budget... This budget achieves that goal by carrying out the most comprehensive overhaul of state government in more than two decades.
The owners of an 'average' Wisconsin home, with a median value of $87,000, will pay $ 193 less in 1996 property taxes than they would have otherwise." (David Callender, "One Down, One To Go; Assembly Oks Budget," Capital Times, 6/23/95)

Baldwin Voted Against President Obama's Tax Cut Compromise That Lowered The Estate Tax On Family Owned Farms.
"Levin, D-Mich., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would extend the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years and revive the lapsed estate tax, setting the tax rate at 35 percent on estates worth more than $5 million for 2011 and 2012. It also would extend unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months and cut the employee portion of the Social Security tax by 2 percentage points." (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #647: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, 277-148: R 138-36; D 139-112, 12/17/10, Baldwin Voted Nay)

Baldwin Voted Against The 2001 Republican Tax Cuts That Raised Estate Tax Exemptions For Family Owned Farms.
"Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would reduce taxes by $1.35 trillion through fiscal 2011 through income tax rate cuts, relief of the "marriage penalty," a phaseout of the federal estate tax, doubling the child tax credit, and providing incentives for retirement savings. A new 10 percent tax rate would be created retroactive to Jan. 1, and taxpayers would get rebate checks this summer of $300 for singles and $600 for couples. The bill would double the $500-per-child tax credit by 2010 and make it refundable; raise the estate tax exemption to $1 million in 2002 and repeal the tax in 2010; increase the standard deduction for married couples to double that of singles, beginning in 2005; and increase annual limits on contributions for Individual Retirement Accounts to $5,000." (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 240-154: R 211-0; D 28-153; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Baldwin Voted Nay)


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