WPT has become the largest non-partisan voice in Wisconsin because results matter. We don't take credit for this success. We acknowledge you our member for hiring WPT to be your voice. Without 18,000 of you backing us up, we wouldn't accomplish much. What we take credit for is a willingness to listen and then the fortitude to pound the pavement spreading a message of fairness and reform. We participate in the affairs of government because we love and admire this great state. We know if Wisconsin improves it's tax climate, we will have an economy that can provide the financial resources necessary to take great care of it's citizens. A state where our children not only receive a great education, but have a job offer from a Wisconsin business upon graduation. A state where its residence don't require much public assistance because they have an opportunity to earn a sufficient livelihood. When you look at where the jobs in our country are being created, you discover states with the highest property taxes are at the bottom. We need a system of taxation which will promote and create jobs. We need reforms in policy that don't discourage and hinder economic growth. We can have a Wisconsin who takes care of the environment, protects it's resources, educates it's citizenry and provides great services, but it must take care of the private sector first. It needs the private sector to generate the economy so it can accomplish all those things. If not, our tax rates will be outrageous or our services jeopardized. Neither will lead to greatness. Thanks for trusting us with your money to accomplish great things for Wisconsin.
Just like the seasonal transition our great State of Wisconsin is entering into, the politics in Wisconsin turns from the debate over budgetary issues to the discussion of what new programs or reforms will help Wisconsin transition itself into a new vibrant pro-business State which will create jobs and grow revenue. The Republicans have indicated the sacrifices being asked of the public sector are necessary to keep taxes down and bring jobs to Wisconsin, and there is some proof that it’s working. Finding more efficient ways to accomplish the job
and eliminate waste are necessary in both the public and private sectors, and if there’s been a positive about our economic trouble, we’ve proven our ability to accomplish more with less.
However, in order to realize true prosperity again in our country we must infuse the largest block of wage earners and taxpayers, the middle class, with additional money to spend and I don’t mean borrowed money or government money. The middle class of taxpayers, $35,000 - $125,000 per year, is spending more of their disposable income on basic necessities than ever before, leaving less for the type of purchasing and saving that result in economic prosperity. What to do?
WPT initiated the solutions to this dilemma many years ago. It worked to grow our State towards unprecedented prosperity during the 1990’s and it can work again. Our message of fair taxation and fiscal responsibility, limited effective government, regulatory reform, ethical business practices and an energized and competent workforce were the key ingredients towards achieving economic prosperity then and they still are today. Please help us continue to promote this message across Wisconsin.
Speaking of promoting our message, I need to give credit to the messengers. Every successful operation is the result of an excellent workforce. I have been blessed with a staff of dedicated hard workers who show up on your doorstep every year proclaiming the good news. I realize their timing isn’t always aligned with yours, but their intention is forthright and just. Yes, it would be easier to just send out invoices once per year. Pay your dues! But our once per year visit isn’t just about paying your membership for another year. It’s about aligning the thoughts and ideas of enough people to affect change. We work for you. We deliver your message. We need to spend a little time with you and hear your thoughts.
Everything we do, is the result of your once per year visit from a WPT member representative. We have an excellent partnership. We protect your image during the nastiness of politics. We save you time and money because you can always use more of both for some of life’s other obligations. But most importantly, when we deliver your message to your elected officials, they realize we’re not just another special interest group wanting something for a few in their group. We are the State’s largest taxpayer group, with more diversification than any other organization in Wisconsin, proclaiming a unified message. WOW, no wonder your lawmakers are always anxious to hear from us when we come calling! They know we represent you.
So whether it’s Bert Vosters, Marilyn Briggs, Doyle Spurgeon and Joe Clark in our Agriculture division or Julie Mathias, Kathleen Bean, Bill Shope and Mike Marsch in our Business division, please let them know their appreciated. They have a tough job.
In our 3rd quarter newsletter we cover the topics you need answers to such as Obama care. I don’t know if it will be repealed, but I know it takes effect October 1, and some of you may not know enough about its impact on your business. Mike Birkley’s in depth article will help you understand more. It’s always our desire to help make you money, and we’re always happy to hear its working.