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Thursday, October 17, 2013

 3:35 PM 

Debate continues on property taxes

The state Assembly has been debating the governor’s $100 million property tax cut proposal for nearly an hour, with Dems criticizing its impact on taxpayers and alleging that politics were behind the bill.

“The middle class deserves better than what we have in front of us,” said Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, arguing that the measure would only be “blunting the property tax increase that you passed in the budget.”

Instead, Barca touted a Dem amendment to move the funding to the first dollar credit, saying many taxpayers wouldn’t see an impact through the school equalization formula. Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, eventually ruled that amendment not germane to the bill.

Barca also called the unveiling of the measure the same week Mary Burke entered the governor’s race, “just an interesting coincidence, I’m sure.”

Republicans fired back that their constituents’ property taxes would be lower for the fourth year in a row.

“We stand here today with the third tax cut of over $100 million in the state of Wisconsin,” said Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield.

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, credited the actions of Republicans since taking control of the Legislature in 2011 for bolstering jobs and revenue to the state alike.

“It’s time to return the surplus that we have generated … back to the taxpayers,” Vos said.


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