State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief

Instead, Speaker Vos and his caucus rubberstamp Gov. Walker’s irresponsible spending plan

By - Feb 11th, 2014 03:46 pm

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.

The Democratic proposal is attached here and a Legislative Fiscal Bureau comparison of the Democratic and Walker plans is attached here.

Contact: Melanie Conklin, 608.266.5504

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