State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Republicans reject property tax cut

Democratic plan would have been a decrease for all property taxpayers rather than less of a hike for a few

By - Oct 17th, 2013 03:53 pm

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Republicans rejected a Democratic proposal to cut property taxes:

“There are two irrefutable facts: One, Republican legislators and Gov. Walker raised property taxes in their budget. Two, today Republicans voted against a plan that would actually cut property taxes for all property taxpayers, instead passing a plan that simply offers a lower tax hike for some taxpayers.

“Days after Gov. Walker got a strong election opponent, documents show he rushed to draft a bill as a political stunt to distract from his failures on job creation and his budget that raised property taxes.

“Today Republicans refused to work in a bipartisan fashion to benefit Wisconsin’s middle class, actually lower property taxes, help seniors who want to stay in their homes, put $100 million into the rainy day fund, create thousands of health care jobs and give health care to 85,000 more of our citizens. Instead Republicans decided once again to choose partisan ideology over common-sense solutions for Wisconsin’s middle class.”

A comparison of the Democratic and Republican property tax plans is attached here.

A memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on the Democratic proposal is attached here.

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