Wisconsin Republicans propose $250 million income tax cut, State Representative weighs in

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Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 11:01 AM CST
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Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature are proposing a nearly $250 million income tax cut plan that they plan to vote on next week and quickly send to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Republicans also want to cut the personal property tax paid by businesses by nearly $45 million and reduce state debt by $100 million.

It's unclear whether Evers supports all of the tax cuts Republicans proposed.

Evers earlier proposed spending $130 million to cut property taxes as part of a $250 million school funding plan the Legislature rejected. The GOP plan would increase the income tax standard deduction.

Wisconsin State Representative Jodi Emerson had a statement about the property tax cut ideas;

“Instead of making critical investments in education that would ensure students from urban, rural, and suburban areas have access to a high-quality public education, we see that once again the Republicans are putting politics above the children of Wisconsin. Gov. Evers’ $250-million plan not only recommits to two-thirds state funding for our schools, more than half of it goes toward property tax relief. The Eau Claire area school district alone stands to gain $3.1 million in funding from Evers’ proposal. We know how beneficial that money would be to our community schools.

“The truth of the matter is that Assembly Republicans were for two-thirds funding before they were against it. This is a political game they are playing. We have an urgent need in our state to expand mental health services for students who desperately need them as well as making sure that students with disabilities are receiving the services and support they need . We don’t have to choose between cutting taxes and investing in our kids and schools—we can and should do both. I, along with my Democratic colleagues stand with Governor Evers and are committed to doing what’s best for the people of Wisconsin. “

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