Wisconsin is Definitely Off My Retirement List
Actually, Wisconsin was never on my list of possible retirement destinations but just to make sure I had enough reasons not to move there, the unions stepped up.
Wisconsin has lots of cheese and the beloved Packers. I’m struggling to think of the other good stuff up there. Even Harley-Davidson has lost a lot of its luster.
On the negative side of the retirement balance sheet is the lousy weather. Also, Wisconsin’s tax burden is way above the national average. From the Tax Foundation:
For the past three decades Wisconsin’s state and local tax burden has consistently ranked among the nation’s highest; currently estimated at 11.0% of income (4th nationally), above the national average of 9.8%. Compared to the 1977 data, Wisconsin had a tax burden of 12.6% (2nd nationally), decreasing 1.6% overall. Currently Wisconsin taxpayers pay $4,427 per capita in state and local taxes.
At least the people in Wisconsin are well-fed, as in lots of calories consumed. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, since 1990, the obesity rate for adults has more than doubled. Almost 27% of cheeseheads are obese and about 65% are either overweight or obese. Being fat is a universal problem for our country, of course.
Maybe agitating folks to wander around the Wisconsin state capitol waving signs is actually a clever health promotion tactic implemented by the government?
So if the cheeseheads are cold, over-weight, over-taxed, and facing a huge budget deficit, exactly what good are the unions doing for them? Is that a fair question?
I’m very much looking forward to watching (from outside the state) the Wisconsin scenario play out.