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General election impact on Madison


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has some thoughts about what newly-elected state and federal officials can do to help Madison, and he invited local reporters to his office today for a discussion.

One thing he focused on was the inequities he sees in Wisconsin's shared revenue formula.

"We will always be an exporter of tax dollars, but we've gotta have some fairness and balance," Soglin said.

Mayor Soglin says his primary concern is one variable of the formula. He says it calculates poverty in an area based on the value of property in an area.

"We know that the value of real estate doesn't necessarily tell you how much poverty's in a community," he said

The Mayor says the current formula provides Milwaukee with around $180 million a year of the shared revenue, while Madison gets 5 or 6 million. He says if redistribution were based solely on population, Madison would get about $80 million.

But Soglin did not optimistic that shared revenue would be addressed by the legislature if no adjustment is made in the Governor's upcoming budget.

"He and I have discussed this in recent months," the mayor said. "I've delivered the message. We've said it. Now we have to sit back and see what happens."

At the federal level, now that the Presidential election is over, Soglin says he and other municipal leaders would like to see an end to the impasse in Congress, and action taken on bills like the Dream Act, which would grant citizenship to young illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents, if they go to school or serve in the armed forces.

"These are kids ready to go into the workforce, ready to go to college, but they really have no status and cannot participate in our economy," Soglin said.

The mayor also believes there is bi-partisan support for closing what he sees as a loophole excluding sales tax on some online purchases.

"This is something that's costing state and local governments tens of billions of dollars," he said.


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