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.
First of all, let me welcome you to what will be an exciting, and as usual, challenging New Year. No use not denying it. It’s what every day as a small business owner is. The challenges differ, but never go away.
A customer who hasn’t paid, a frivolous lawsuit, employee issues and sometimes just plain misfortune are a part of everyday small business.
Why bring it up? Because we need to make certain our elected officials understand what you go through in the process of providing the products and services our country depends on for their existence.
We all know taxes are necessary to provide essential government programs and services, and great education will hopefully ensure great employees. Laws and regulation help establish an equal playing field, we’re all complying with the same rules and standards. However, what’s difficult for the small business person is financing the manpower to carry out all of these day to day requirements. Keeping up with the ever changing demands of operating a business or farm is challenging enough, but now government comes along and requires you to be an expert in tax law, human resource management, and regulatory compliance. That’s another $200,000 per year in personnel you should hire, but can’t afford to. Big business can, but small business owners just put on another hat. No wonder we get grumpy now and then.
WPT’s 2014 resolution to you is we will put your shoes on every elected official. They will get dirty, greasy, and overwhelmed right along with you this year. Through our daily contacts with them, they will hear your plight. They will get a blister on their foot. We need elected officials who will make it their mission to fight for your right to own, operate and grow your business and farm. They will comprehend how, the decisions they make, affect you. It’s a commitment to you we will work hard to honor. It’s the only way we can create an environment that’s conducive to growing our economy. Wisconsin is doing better, but now’s not the time to let up.
I hope our 4th Quarter newsletter finds all of you well. WPT desires to send a prosperity blessing your way, and like you, we are up to the challenges 2014 will bring. Anything you need from us to make it easier to manage and operate your business, just ask or send me a pair of your shoes and I’ll make certain your elected representative puts them on.
All the best and I hope you will enjoy the newsletter when it arrives at your door.