Flat, Fair or Fundamental: The Future of Tax Reform in Wisconsin

Event Recap:

Video coverage is available from WisconsinEye of our event on April 24th on the future of tax reform in Wisconsin.



Flat, Fair or Fundamental:
The Future of Tax Reform in Wisconsin


  • Dale Kooyenga, 14th Assembly District
  • Robert Kraig, Citizen Action
  • Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Todd Berry of the WI Taxpayers Alliance will moderate a debate between State Representative Dale Kooyenga and Robert Kraig of Citizen Action of Wisconsin on the future of tax reform in Wisconsin.   Video coverage available at WisconsinEye.

Complete the RSVP Form by Sunday, April 20

Thursday, April 24, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch Available at 11:30 a.m.
Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.
The Madison Club
5 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI

$15 Federalist Society Member
$20 Non-Federalist Society Member
(lunch included)
1.0 hour of CLE will be applied for.

About the Event:
Flat, fair, or fundamental; what is the future of tax reform in the state of Wisconsin? While most dread April 15th, the vast majority believe that some level of taxation is necessary for essential services. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” Beyond this recognition that some taxes are necessary, the differing philosophies on tax policy are as complex as our tax laws themselves. On April 24th, Representative Dale Kooyenga and Robert Kraig of Citizen’s Action of Wisconsin will debate these myriad tax policy philosophies.

About the Speakers:

Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Todd Berry has been the President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance since 1994.  Founded in 1932, the Alliance is a nonprofit which serves to educate the public on government taxing, spending and the state’s economy.  Prior to his work with the Alliance, Berry served as Wisconsin’s Assistant Secretary of Revenue and has served on numerous gubernatorial and legislative commissions and task forces.

Representative Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) of the 14th Assembly District of Wisconsin

Representative Dale Kooyenga began his career as a CPA working for a large international accounting firm. During his career as a public accountant he worked with the State of Wisconsin’s largest manufacturing, health care, financial services and not-for-profit organizations. Dale is also a graduate of Marquette University’s MBA program.

In 2005, Dale left his career in public accounting to serve his country. He attended the United States Army’s basic training, Officer Candidate School and the Military Intelligence Officer Course. After completing the year-long Army training Dale returned to his career in public accounting and married.

Dale was called up for service in Iraq in 2008. Although trained as a Military Intelligence Officer, Dale was quickly assigned as the 4th Infantry Division’s Officer in Charge of Economic Development in Baghdad. Dale served in Iraq from January 2008 to November 2008. Dale was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

In the Fall of 2010, Dale was elected to represent the 14th District for the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was sworn into office on January 3rd, 2011.

As a member of the “CPA Caucus” in the Wisconsin Assembly Dale has made his mark as a leader in conservative tax reform. Click here to view a memo on Representative Kooyenga’s tax reform plan passed in Wisconsin’s 2013-2015 Biennial Budget.

Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Over the past 14 years, Robert has played a significant role in the Wisconsin public policy arena.  Robert is a leading strategist in the Wisconsin progressive movement, and is especially known for developing innovative approaches to promote health care reform.

In October of 2011 Robert was one of the recipients of the Citizen Leadership Award from the Campaign for America’s Future.  In January of 2009 Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers, presented Robert with its “Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award.”

He has authored eleven reports on various aspects of the health care crisis, and speaks throughout the country on reform legislation, including tax policy.  Robert earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. from the University of Georgia.  He is the author of several major academic articles on American political rhetoric and a well-regarded book, Woodrow Wilson and the Lost World of the Oratorical Statesman (Texas A&M Press).

From 1999-2005 he was the Wisconsin Political Director for SEIU, where he helped develop and win the passage of several policy innovations which enabled over twelve thousand low- wage workers to form unions. He grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and has lived in Wisconsin since 1989.


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