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Democrats in recall want rich to "pay their fair share"


MILWAUKEE (WSAU) The four announced Democratic candidates for governor appeared together at a union forum in Milwaukee last night. And they agreed that the rich must quote, “pay their fair share” of taxes to bring back economic equity.

Tom Barrett, Kathleen Falk, Doug La Follette, and Kathleen Vinehout are all running in the May eighth primary, with the winner to face Republican Governor Scott Walker in his recall election on June fifth. They agreed that the G-O-P’s “trickle-down” economic theory of giving tax breaks to the rich, so they can create more jobs that help the middle class, doesn’t work.

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett said he was part of the 1990’s Congress under Bill Clinton that quote, “made the wealthy pay.” And he said the result was a booming economy and a return to a federal budget surplus. La Follette, Wisconsin’s Secretary-of-State, said he would build more roads and bridges with a tax hike on the rich, whom he called the “one-percent.” And he favored raising the state’s minimum wage.

Falk, the former Dane County executive, said she would restore Walker’s funding cuts to state technical colleges. Vinehout, a state Senator from Alma, favored a more affordable health care purchasing network, and would restore funding to state and local governments. All four also favored more mass transit. La Follette mentioned the Milwaukee-to-Madison train that Walker scrapped over a year ago.

Hundreds of people attended last night’s forum, put on by several unions and Milwaukee community groups that favor the Walker recall.