Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief
Instead, Speaker Vos and his caucus rubberstamp Gov. Walker’s irresponsible spending plan
MADISON – Today Assembly Republicans rejected a more fiscally responsible plan that would have offered significantly more property tax relief for hardworking middle-class taxpayers.
“If Republicans were serious about providing greater relief for middle-class property taxpayers and better long-term economic stability for our state, they would have voted for the balanced approach Democrats offered,” Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. “But Assembly Republicans would rather rubberstamp Gov. Walker’s irresponsible election-year ploy than give real relief to hardworking middle-class taxpayers and help Wisconsin improve on its 37th-in-the-nation job ranking.”
The Democratic proposal included:
More property tax relief for middle-class families:
- On an average Wisconsin home, the Democratic plan delivers $231 in property tax savings – $100 more than the Walker plan.
- Property tax relief targeted at middle-class families through the First Dollar Credit.
More for job training:
- Nearly triple the Walker plan’s funding for job training, targeted at filling available jobs.
- In his first budget, Walker cut technical college funding by nearly $72 million.
More for saving and fiscal responsibility:
- Double the governor’s proposed deposit in the Rainy Day Fund.
- Walker’s plan increases the structural deficit to $807 million; the Democratic plan cuts the deficit down to $465 million.
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