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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

"Tax me to the limit"

This was the scene in November 2007 at an MPS budget hearing. 

Journal Sentinel Photo/Karen Sherlock

An overflow crowd waits outside the School Board meeting room while some sign up to speak at a school budget hearing, which attracted hundreds of residents. Most who spoke opposed a proposal to raise the tax levy for Milwaukee Public Schools by 16.4%.

On July 3 of this year, I asked this question: Can city of Milwaukee taxpayers get outraged and protest for the 2nd year in a row?

Last night, we got the answer. NO! reports, "Hundreds of people packed the Milwaukee Public Schools central office auditorium tonight (Tuesday) to urge the School Board to raise the property tax levy by as much as the state-imposed revenue limit allows - 14.6 percent - and to battle legislators in Madison to change the way public and private schools in Milwaukee are funded.

'I'm requesting that you tax me to the limit,' said Jennifer Mandel, a school social worker and German Immersion School parent. 'For a small increase, my kids get to keep their teachers.'"

This is why Wisconsin is a tax hell. The people screaming for huge tax increases actually show up at meetings and beg to have more money taken from them. Taxpayers opposed to this highway robbery sit home and then complain later.

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