By Collin Roth
On Wednesday, the left-wing community organizing group Citizen Action of Wisconsin launched a “tax fairness” campaign in conjunction with the Institute For Wisconsin’s Future and the Wisconsin Council on Families and Children. According to a press release announcing the campaign and a new website, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin Robert Kraig was quoted saying:
“Poll after poll shows that the public believes the tax system is unfairly rigged against average people. We need a fair tax system where everyone plays by the same rules, and everyone takes responsibility for doing their part to support freedom and opportunity in Wisconsin…”
Undoubtably, Kraig and his organization are using their “tax fairness” campaign to rally support for raising taxes in support of more government services. But in a delicious bit of irony, Kraig ought to look no further than his own staff to find an individual not taking responsibility for paying their fair share of taxes.
Paula Mackey, listed as a community organizer for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, is currently listed on the Wisconsin Delinquent Taxpayer list published by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue reports that Ms. Mackey owes the State of Wisconsin $17,801.18.
It is more than a bit hypocritical that organizations like Citizen Action of Wisconsin take to the soapbox to demand that everyone do their patriotic duty and pay their fair share of taxes while employing an individual delinquent on over $17,000 in taxes. According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, one can get their name removed from the Delinquent Taxpayer List the very next business day if they enter into an approved payment plan.
Ms. Mackey’s delinquent tax bill has gone unfulfilled since 2007.