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Milwaukee Record: 'Milwaukee’s new 2% sales tax is how the city lives to fight another day'
The city gets to shed some of its baggage now.
The Recombobulation Area is a ten-time Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written, edited and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.
This week, the Milwaukee Common Council held one of its most consequential votes in recent history, the vote to raise the sales tax by 2%.
In literal terms, the vote was on the city raising its sales tax by 2%, but really, this was a vote about the future of the city of Milwaukee. Whether Milwaukee would have a future as a city, really. Because if the city did not vote in favor of raising the sales tax, a truly catastrophic outcome would await.
The vote passed, 12-3. The existential threat to the city’s future has been dealt with. Now, while challenges lie ahead, we get to start shedding some of our baggage.
This column was published in partnership with Milwaukee Record.
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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s won 17 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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