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Gov. Evers opposes GOP tax cut, says it “falls short”

MADISON (WKOW) — Governor Evers is not supportive of a plan proposed by Republicans to cut taxes for the middle class. Assembly Republicans proposed to use $340 million from the budget surplus to cut taxes on the middle class, but the governor’s office said it doesn’t line up with his campaign pledge.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said the governor would rather create a “fairer” tax code by capping tax breaks under a manufacturing and agriculture credit program.

It’s great to hear that Republicans agree with another one of the governor’s good ideas to support middle-class families, however, their proposal falls short of what Gov. Evers has proposed,” said Baldauff.

Republicans oppose scaling back the corporate tax credits. Speaker Vos said their plan wouldn’t impact farmers or manufactures.

“We actually have this huge surplus that’s been generated and rather than allowing it to stay in Madison and be spent on growing government, we prefer to keep Tony Evers campaign promise and make sure we do a middle-class tax cut,” said Vos.

The issue: both agree to cut taxes but have a different vision on how to do it. Both Republican leaders and the governor continue to extend a welcoming hand for bipartisanship, however, most of their proposals this year have them at odds.

Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette)  said it doesn’t make sense to “jeopardize what has brought us to this point of prosperity by undoing a tax cut.”

The proposal would target individuals earning less than $100,000 a year and families making less than $150,000. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a median family filing together would see a $310 reduction in their taxes.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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