Press Release
Press Release

Time for a state budget focused on middle-class families

Reps. Barca, Pasch release statements on middle-class tax cuts, investments in core middle-class priorities

By - Jan 22nd, 2013 04:00 pm

MADISON – Gov. Walker and Speaker Vos are beginning to provide a glimpse into how much Republicans would spend on income tax cuts in their upcoming budget. Yet to be seen are vital details such as the source of the funding, who would benefit and whether critical programs might have to sacrifice.

The idea of a middle-class tax cut is one that the President Obama campaigned on and has been important to Democrats across the country as part of an economic recovery strategy that focuses on the needs and priorities who have been most hurt by the recession.

Democrats are advocating for a budget that is truly focused on the middle-class and others in Wisconsin who have struggled as our state’s economy and job creation remain far behind most other states, particularly in the Midwest.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Assistant Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) released the following statements today on this subject:

Rep. Barca:
“The number one priority for Democrats in the upcoming budget is a focus on middle-class families. During the last Republican budget, middle-class families – and those struggling to get into the middle class – bore the brunt of the sacrificing and cuts.

“Democrats strongly support tax cuts that benefit the middle class. It’s important that middle-class taxpayers be able to keep more of their hard-earned money – a strong middle class leads to more consumer spending and a healthier economy.”

Rep. Pasch:
“To have a budget focused on the middle class, I believe we need to maintain and improve the investments we make in the stepping stones that help ensure a strong middle class, such as public education, job training and high-quality health care.

“Republicans did serious damage to the middle class by making historic cuts in these critical areas. Income tax cuts can be part of a more comprehensive approach that ensures a thriving middle class for years to come.”