Now that Gov. Scott Walker has sent his 2013-15 spending plan to the Legislature, he heads up to Appleton on Thursday to visit an electric manufacturing company and stump for some of his budget priorities, including nearly $100 million in new funding for job and skills training.

Democrats and even some Republicans made it clear after Wednesday night's budget address that they still have a lot of questions about the governor's proposed budget, especially his plan to greatly expand the number of schools that could receive publicly funded vouchers to be used at private schools.

But details of a proposed income tax cut targeting middle-income families took center stage during Walker’s speech.

"You, the hardworking taxpayers of this state, helped to create the budget surplus, so it is only right that we put more money back into your hands," Walker said.

A family of four making $80,000 a year would save about $106 annually, or about $2 per week, on state income taxes under the plan, according to the state Department of Revenue. All people in the state who pay income taxes would be affected.

Much of the rest of the governor’s $68 billion 2013-15 budget, which includes about $30.5 billion in state spending over two years, already had been laid out in previous announcements. That includes what could be his most contentious proposal — to expand the state’s private school voucher program to several new cities, including Madison. Some Republicans already have questioned the expansion.

Walker also is calling for more funding to combat domestic violence, a continued freeze on spending in public schools, tightened income eligibility for Medicaid recipients, more money for mental-health care, an increase for higher education, more funding for job training and selling some state properties to pay for road, highway and bridge projects.

The governor is proposing a state spending increase of $202.4 million to about $14.9 billion (a 1.4 percent increase) over the first fiscal year, and an increase of $529 million to $15.5 billion (a 3.5 percent increase) over the following year. When all funds are included, the operating budget totals nearly $68 billion over two years.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, criticized the governor for failing to target the poorest residents with his income tax cut. He noted that low-income workers were the only ones who saw a tax increase in the last budget when Walker and legislative Republicans reduced the Earned Income Tax Credit.

"Last budget, make no mistake about it, the governor raised taxes on those that most needed help," Barca said. "And people that work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, that are struggling to get into the middle class — that’s who definitely need help the most — and it helps the economy the most."

In his more than 40-minute speech, Walker said his focus is "more prosperity, better performance and true independence" for all Wisconsinites.

He stressed the theme of independence when talking about his proposals to tighten requirements for entitlement programs like Medicaid eligibility, unemployment insurance and food stamps.

"I’m all for providing a temporary hand up, but for those who are able-bodied, it should not be a permanent hand out," Walker said. "I care for the people of this state too much to force them to live a life of dependence on the government."

There were some surprises in Walker’s budget that did not come up during his speech. The state would add more than 700 new positions, many of them at the state Department of Transportation, which has determined that hiring engineers is cheaper than contracting with private engineering firms. His budget also calls for new employees in the revenue and health departments to combat fraud and increase tax collections.

And the governor has touted his budget-cutting prowess, but his administration is now projecting to have unfunded commitments totaling $188 million by the end of the two-year budget in 2015. Walker’s budget still would end with a $43 million positive balance.

Walker has said the state would pay for the $343 million in income tax cuts using a projected budget surplus for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

The administration predicts the economic picture will improve due to revenue growth.

Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, said that the tax cuts would help all income levels, including high-wage earners, but the biggest rate cut would be for those earning between $20,000 and about $210,000 a year.

"Everyone is going to see that reduction," he said.

Walker delivered his budget address to the Republican-controlled Legislature in the Assembly chamber Wednesday night. The proposal then heads to the Legislature’s powerful finance committee, where it will be debated — and likely changed — before it is voted on by the Senate and Assembly before it goes into effect, likely in July.

That committee was scheduled to meet after the speech to receive the budget.

Parts of Walker’s budget, such as his plan to expand school voucher programs, have already drawn opposition, even from his fellow Republicans.

But the governor says his proposal is focused on students.

"In the end, our goal is simple: ensure that every child — regardless of where they are from or what their family income is — has access to a great education," Walker said.

The Republican governor is also going against the recommendations of a task force he created to study ways to fund transportation projects. That group recommended a series of changes including a gas tax increase and fee hikes. Walker instead has said he will sell or lease some state properties, including state-owned power plants at prisons, university campuses and elsewhere, to raise $824 million in extra money for highways, roads and bridges, unless the property’s sale is prohibited by law or the state Constitution.

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Snarff1

At least Walker is keeping to a budget unlike the last Dem. in office Doyle who played the shell game robbing peter to pay paul, running for office leaving a large def.for the tax payers of wisc.

skippie

Liberals are fools if they call cutting the lowest 3 tax bracket a tax cut for the wealthy. Move very bright lefties.

skippie

So as Walker cut the lowest three tax brackets I guess the corporate donors are all in the lower tax brackets right spook? Why do liberals always lie?

Liberalsmakesense

skippie its your righty friends who lie! Read the blogs!

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Nav

Hey Scorp, are you reading what the majority of the bloggers on here are saying?

It seems to me that the taxpayers/voters/citizens of Wisconsin have had ENOUGH of seeing their State go down the drain from Republican policies. Nice try, though.

JoeBiteme

Finally a politician that works for the tax payer and gets results. For the libs that don't like it move to Illinois.

spooky tooth

Cutting wages and benefits, cutting school funding and giving all away to his corporate donors. Joe you're getting it all right, but not where you think.

Nav

JoeBitme, are you reading what the people of Wisconsin are saying on these blogs??? No one is moving to IL. The people of Wisconsin will take their state back.

Nav

Wow! Based on the vast majority of the comments on here, it would seem more and more taxpayers/voters/citizens of Wisconsin are beginning to see through what our Governor has been up to. I would like to see a poll conducted to check on his popularity. I suspect his popularity is plunging even in rural and Northern Wisconsin.

196ski
196ski

Right on Nav, we need to raise taxes start spending more taxpayer money. That is a sure fire ticket to being "popular", and being popular way more important than good governance right?

Yup people in Northern Wisconsin are lined up at their county Treasurers office before dawn, just trying to give them money. Higher unemployment than the rest of the State, no worries, the government knows how to fix our problems.

Liberalsmakesense

196ski, don't you think you are confusing the issues here? If you are reading the blogs on here, it seems to me what Nav said is very accurate. The vast majority of the blogs on here oppose how Walker, once again, is trying to fool the people of Wisconsin. You have anything to say about that or do u never go beyond your talking points?

196ski
196ski

I'm not confusing anything. Nav is hoping that Walker is not reelected but to base that hope on his popularity on a Madison based forum is reaching a bit don't you think?
The other very important point is what is Walker's opponent going to run on? Simply blasting Walker is not going to be enough, there has to be some substance behind an opposition campaign. Look at the recall election, Barrett brought nothing to the table and lost, it will happen again unless the Democrats develop a strategy beyond dislike of the Governor.

spooky tooth

196, name one country that rebounded from an economic crisis by cutting back?

196ski
196ski

Easy spooky, the USA under Coolidge.

Wisconsin is not a country, it is a State with a Constitiution. That Constitution says the budget must be balanced. You want Wisconsin to spend more money, other than raising taxes where do you propose the State get that money?

spooky tooth

196, I was thinking in broader terms that really do trickle down, even to WI.

Liberalsmakesense

Walker is insulting the intelligence of the people of Wisconsin. Next time he will be soundly beaten in the re-election because he has done nothing but cause a LOT of problems for Wisconsin. He has been a total JOKE!

Observer5

So the tax cut is $2 per week for an income of $80,00 per year = $1 for an income of $40,000. I'm so giddy with excitement and anticipation. But it makes for good political campaigning and that's what counts.

Imagine if Barack Obama submitted a Budget? Then we would all be all to see and scrutinize where he plans to spend, spend, spend our money? He doesn't do it because he knows it would look just horrible. Pathetic.

Fur94

Obama has submitted a budget:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget

Also note that since the budget is a spending bill, technically it is the House of Representatives that is supposed to submit it.

Norham

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ This will give you a chance to view our Presidents budget. Where he plans to spend our money . I believe it was submitted some months ago. Its a lot of reading .

spooky tooth

What's Obama got to do with the state budget? Just more hate and fear about the black president from the extreme right wing. You're so predictable.

Liberalsmakesense

When the righties have a losing argument, they start blaming President Obama. By the way, according to a poll released today, President Obama has a 55% popularity rating. So the righties are losing even on that end! Being critical of President Obama is back firing on them!

196ski
196ski

Real Clear Politics has Obama's approval rating dropping from a high of 53.8% on December 17 to 50.6% on February 19th. As for being critical of Obama backfiring on Republicans that isn't possible, Obama would first have to do something for them to criticize.

Seriously, where is the budget Obama promised when the Republicans agreed to raise taxes on the wealthy? 5 years running now we are operating in the fiscal dark with no plan. This is a question of leadership or lack thereof.

kashka-kat

The last sentence should have actually been the first, and it should more accurately read:

Walker has said he would lease or sell off state properties to raise more money for his corporate crony roadbuilder pals.

When are we finally going to start framing the problem with government more in terms of corruption/pay for play/getting big money out of politics - instead of the repub vs dem phony outrage and the largely irrelevant he said-she said antics that we have to put up with on a daily basis.

Rosalie

He wants more money for transportation but for the kind that pollutes the air and wears out our roads instead of the less polluting, more efficient high speed rail that works so well in other countries.

Wisconsin is NO where close to having dense enough population areas to support rail. maybe in China, but in Madison. You are dreaming.

kashka-kat

And yet the Milw-Chicago run is profitable - go figure. The mistake Doylie made was planning and presenting HSR as a toy train dead-ending in Madison when it should have and could have been successfully sold to us as regional rail connecting Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison-Minneapolis. A lost opportunity probably not to be repeated anytime soon.

Solstice

I wonder how many here are old enough to remember Tommy Thompson's tax rebate gimmick back in late 1999? The state had a "surplus" for once, so magnanimous Tommy sent everyone postcards containing checks ranging from $200 to $500 depending on your prior year's tax status. Guess what happened then? The state fell back into deficit... Tommy hightailed it to Washington... and Scott McCallum got the budget hung around his neck, losing badly to Jim Doyle in 2002. Walker's being a little less ostentatious, giving folks back about 2 bucks a week rather than a lump sum at the end of the year. But the outcome will be the same-- budget deficits. Speaking of which, did anyone notice that Wisconsin's deficit expressed using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is projected to be $2 billion at the end of FY 2013 and $2.644 billion at the end of FY 2015? That is assuming Walker's budget passes as proposed! Some choose to overlook Candidate Walker's strident claim during the 2006 gubernatorial race that Governor Doyle was a "liar" for claiming that we had a balanced budget when, expressed in terms of GAAP, there was a multi-billion dollar deficit. Candidate Walker promised to manage the state's budget exclusively in GAAP terms. And what do we see now? "We have a surplus!" crows Walker. "Here's a couple of bucks!" Insane. And here's hoping he suffers the same fate as McCallum come the next election.

you cannot compare apples to oranges. There are dozens of other factors at play.Do you really think the small tax rebate caused a deficit for Tommy, or that it will now? I've never seen so many people complain soo much about a small tax decrease. It's our money. If we aren't planning to spend it all this year what is wrong with giving some back?

Solstice

Tommy's tax rebate spent the entire "surplus" at that time, by political design. So, yeah, it set the stage for the next fiscal year's deficit. But what did he care? He was off to D.C.! And I guess you missed the part of the post about the $2 billion budget deficit we already have, which is expected to increase to $2.644 billion in two years. The projection assumes that Walker gets everything he wants in this biennial budget process. Here's the source: http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/pdf_files/bib1315.pdf. See page 32-33. If you don't "believe in" GAAP budgeting (and apparently Walker himself has turned away from it entirely), then look at the structural deficit projections on p. 32. We're projected to move from a $145.6 million "surplus" to a $349.3 million "deficit" in five years. But each of us getting two bucks a week back in our pockets makes those deficits worth it... I guess... or something....

Reply
Reply

Old enough to remember 1999? Geez Sol, I must be older than dirt. Rewind 20 more years to the Dreyfus era. His war cry was that the State's surplus rightfully belonged to taxpayers and should be refunded. Among his strategies was a controversial tax withholding moratorium:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19790124&id=kINRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8BEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6714,4196646

When a wobbly national economy cut the knees out from under WI's already fragile economy, we had nothing left to fall back on. Pay particular attention to the 2nd & 3rd paragraphs of the "Accomplishments in Office" section:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_S._Dreyfus

I see a red vest ... this time a guy named Scott wearing it.

Fur94

I've commented before that I don't think the tax cut is a good idea, especially how the Governor says he'll implement it. A rate cut that workers see as a $2 increase on their pay stubs will basically have zero effect on the economy. Cutting a check for $100 to everyone would do a little better (it would "feel" like extra money), but not much at that amount.

Worse of all, lowering the rates for 2 years with the little economic activity it will create is very shortsighted since it looks like it would put the state in a bad situation in 2015. The article noted "his administration is now projecting to have unfunded commitments totaling $188 million by the end of the two-year budget in 2015. Walker’s budget still would end with a $43 million positive balance." If it was a one time check, there wouldn't be the drama about having to return to today's rate when those two numbers collide. Let's not forget that would require a 2/3rds approval, which would be almost impossible, even if the state returns to the Democrats in 2014.

As to some of the other items mentioned, I support the extra funding to combat domestic violence, for mental-health care, higher education,and job training. My only comment is I hope the extra funding is above inflation, I can't tell from the article.

I think the freeze on spending in public schools is a horrible idea. There has been several articles this week about vouchers and public education, and I would note that there are even Republican Legislators that have issues with these proposals from the Governor. School districts are still dealing with the cuts and problems in the current budget, especially smaller and rural districts. I also don't like that the State has to push its problems to the school districts, avoiding them, and letting local districts take the heat from the awful choice they are left with.

Last of all, "selling some state properties to pay for road, highway and bridge projects," sounds equally as bad as the proposals on public education. First of all, if the projects are short funding, then why do the tax cut above? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep rates at a higher level, instead of a one time revenue source like the property sales? Second, assuming these are the power plants Walker wanted to sell in 2011, I wouldn't be surprised if a study on those properties would look similar to the one that found that it's cheaper for the DOT to have its own engineers. Whoever wants to buy the properties thinks they can make money off of the State in the deal.

KoolBlue

Walker, keep your lousy tax cut use it to fix our crumbling infrastructure! Individually, the amount is so low (i just might save $75) that it will ad nothing to our economy, but collectively it can be of big help.

MadisonCitizen

KoolBlue - some people believe that the best way to grow an economy is to take a little bit more money from each of us and have the government make centralized decisions on what to do with it. Keynesian / Democrats

Other people believe that the best way to grow an economy is to take a little less from each of us and have each of us make a decision on what to do with it. Adam Smith / Schumpeter / Republicans

It is a mix of public vs. private in either case, but historically the growth of the US has been due to being less government centric than Europe, China and Russian. China has grown a lot since they reduced government control of investment 25 years ago.

Collectively, less government can produce higher growth. We will see.

jgvertigo

How is that taking a little less thing working for ya. Instead of investing in schools and infrastructure, the fairy dust that you and Walker are proposing will do nothing to help the economy. Under your theory we should be in the best economic shape ever at the federal level. We still have a structural deficit. And our schools are getting worse not better.

I love the term Investing in schools. We need to fund them appropriately. It's not like they are truly an investment. They are a cost.

Solstice

Middleoftheroad must not have any kids. Or if s/he does, how sweet to think s/he tucks them into bed every night saying, "Sweet dreams, you little tax burden, you!"

Fur94

I don't know that you can interchange Democrats with Keynesian economists nor Republicans with Smithians. There are free market thinkers on both sides.

Plus I would add that what many Democrats are calling for, is what Adam Smith wanted as well. From wikipedia:

"Again and again, Smith warned of the collusive nature of business interests, which may form cabals or monopolies, fixing the highest price "which can be squeezed out of the buyers". Smith also warned that a business-dominated political system would allow a conspiracy of businesses and industry against consumers, with the former scheming to influence politics and legislation. Smith states that the interest of manufacturers and merchants "...in any particular branch of trade or manufactures, is always in some respects different from, and even opposite to, that of the public...The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce which comes from this order, ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention."

If you don't want yours, I'll take it.

skippie

Spooky, you have gone off the deep end. No one wants to end public schools in Wisconsin. You need fear no longer, problem solved.

bookman21
bookman21

No one but Walker and the the teabaggers.

bookman21
bookman21

Walker's first two years in office have inspired the people of Wisconsinto leave the state in droves!

spooky tooth

Public schools have to accept everyone. Kids that are physically disabled, kids with autism, asperger's, low IQ scores and poor kids. These kids are deemed undesirable by most private schools. They are more expensive to educate, a kid with severe autism can cost a public school $75,000 per year or more.

What will happen to these kids If Walker is successful at ending public schools in WI? What will happen to conservative and liberal families with these kids when they can't afford their education?

Will the Koch brothers take a hit on their bottom line at their for profit schools? Will the religious schools tell the parishioners they need more contributions to educate these kids?


MadisonCitizen

Well if each child who leaves the public school only takes $4,000 of value to the private school and the state spends $15,000 per child today, that means the state has $11,000 left over to spend on children with higher needs.

Fur94

Your numbers are off from what I've heard. I've heard the average sent for each student is about $10,000 between state and local property taxes, and the vouchers would take about $6,500 away from the district. That means the local district is left with about $3,500 to educate students, and reports say special needs children require over $15,000 a year. The article below says the following:

"Public Schools of Philadelphia, for example, spent $9,100 per regular education pupil in 2009, $14,560 per pupil with milder disabilities and $39,130 for more severe disabilities, according to a consultant's report that compared special education costs. Other districts cited report similar numbers: Los Angeles Unified spent $6,900 to school a regular education student, $15,180 for a pupil with milder disabilities and $25,530 for a child with significant needs."

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0820/Special-needs-students-stay-in-traditional-public-schools-as-others-leave

ridiculous claim and you are talking out of both sides of your mouth. The vouchers walker proposes allows parents to move a special needs child to a private school if they choose. Now if the public schools are doing sooo much better and serving that child better with more resources then Why would Any parent choose to move them out? They wouldn't right? Keep working the fear-mongering angle all you want, but this one falls flat. No parent will choose to move their child to a private school unless they really feel they will recieve better education/care there. If the public schools are better they and the precious Money will stay too.

spooky tooth

mid, List the private schools that will educate these kids at the same cost as public schools? List the private schools that have required testing and these kids scores count against their school performance?

Keep pushing your views somewhere in the middle of extreme right wing and crazy right wing.

Penny

One of the most important items in the budget gets little mention? 700+ new positions???
Part of the problem with the budgets is too many people on the government payroll now. What are they thinking. How about cutting the workforce by 10 percent and actually have them work like everyone else. Infrastructure is falling apart, families are barely making ends meet, more and more jobs are service oriented paying less with few benefits and we keep adding jobs paid for by taxes??? That does not help the private enterprise job picture at all. We are ending up with an upside down economy. Jobs and benefits paid for more people on the backs of a few.
More employees in the revenue dept??? To make sure the money keeps rolling to pay for the inflated payroll caused by 700+ new positions? Now that really makes sense. Not!

spooky tooth

One of the most important items was these road engineers are less to the state.

Shake
Shake

Great idea! I suggest we cut the guy who plows your street and the guy who picks up your garbage and the EMT who would help your injured child and your kids' teachers and the ...........

uspotme
uspotme

Walker should change his statement that Wisconsin is open for business with Wisconsin is for sale. Reading that last paragraph is quite telling of Walker as a leader. Forms a task force spending tax dollars. Doesn't like what they come up with and instead will do it his way. Why the eff would you even waste the time and money doing something like that. I've never had any respect for people who live by the my way or the highway mantra. They are highly unlikeable and certainly have personality disorders. The main one being narcissism. Walker only cares about himself and his cronies. He has no empathy for those who have less. He lives thinking that a minimum wage job is the answer for living the American dream. Had he been a leader in Nam he would of been fragged.

pikerover

uspotme I agree ..I was thinking of putting "For Sale" signs on the "Welcome to Wisconsin" signs at the borders.

mzd
mzd

Yawn

Civil_Citizen

I agree wit Bigbear81. Budget was balanced on public workers last time, and for that we all get $2 a week this go around.

dante

You know what's funny? Most working people in WI won't even GET that $100/year. The Median household income was $50k.

Not sure why the WSJ would use the $80k/year number unless they're trying to make it sound better for Walker? I'd bet that if you're earning the median household income you're going to get the tax cut equivalent of two shiny nickels to rub together.

Also note that a tax RATE cut is going to mean far higher tax cuts for those making in the millions than everyone else. Basically this is the Bush tax cuts, revisited: Tiny cut for everyone, MASSIVE cut for the top 1%. Everyone feels better about the couple extra bucks in their pocket and don't realize that other people have tax cuts in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

Well don't worry your pretty head about it Dante because the poor don't pay taxes. For those of us who DO we appreciate a tax cut.

spooky tooth

So the poor don't pay sales tax? They don't pay state and fed tax when they purchase gas? Property tax isn't included in rent or housing?

Get you facts straight or shut up.

bigbear81

Very well said Nav and Gobi

gobi

By gutting our schools and environmental laws, Governor Walker has made Wisconsin a far worse place to live. His divide and conquer method of Governing has made what was a friendly state , into one where I myself don't even want to open a newspaper, to see what this clown is proposing next. Lobbyists have taken over the government, from mining laws, to for-profit voucher schools (Thanks Jeff Fitzgerald!), to the Kochs and the Norquists. We have gerrymandered our state to the point where the party in power has insured power. Nice budget Mr Walker and a fine life you have led too. You have never held a real job, got kicked out of Marquette, and because of that you get to screw the disabled, the poor and those that care about Wisconsin. All so you can try and be our next US President. Shame.on you

Nav

The people of Wisconsin need to wake up to politicians who make promises ONLY to win elections. They are very good at throwing a little meat at the voters. Not only a tax refund of $200 over two years is means very little, but even such a tax cut may not come to fruition. Lets take a look at the Governor's record.

I ask the voters of Wisconsin a very simple question. How many jobs did Scott Walker promise the people of Wisconsin when he was running for Governor? 250,000. How many jobs has he actually created, Under no account has he created more than 35,000, and by most accounts he has created less than that.

Candidate Scott Walker had promised to create an environment where small businesses would start and grow. Wisconsin would be open for business he said. What has been the actual record?

Few will argue Wisconsin is open for business. Many businesses are leaving the state for other states. Those who are open are complaining that there sales are down and they want to cut employees' hours or lay them off. It is no wonder the Republican legislature is now trying to rush through a bill that would allow employers to do just that. What kind of a record is that?

Candidate Scott Walker promised that the taxpayers would see significant reductions in their property tax bills because of his policies. Most of us paid our real estate taxes not long ago. Do you recall your real estate taxes being significantly lower from last year? Most of us actually saw increases in our real estate taxes. What kind of a record is that?

So, the voters/taxpayers/citizens of Wisconsin cannot get overly excited about what our Governor is promising as he eyes 2014 when he may be running for re-election. With all due respect to the Governor, the taxpayers/voters/citizens of Wisconsin need to look at what he has DONE... not what he has promised.

So do you really believe Wisconsin exists in a vaccuum and we can create jobs out of thin air while the economy in the rest of the US and World are in the tank? My guess would be Scott was banking on Barack being long gone by now considering how horribly he's handled the deficit, economy, jobs, etc and Walker was counting on the new Republican Pres being more business freindly. That surely would have helped. Otherwise these things take time. No company starts up, expands or moves in a few months or even a year. usually these things take years of planning. We will see.

Victor_Berger
Victor_Berger

What part of trailing the national average in unemployment don't you get.MoR? Why do you spend all day, every day defending that schmuck?

Liberalsmakesense

You guys can try to divide people and TRY to get them to dislike Obama BUT according to a poll released today, President Obama has a 55% popularity rating, while the Republicans have a 35% rating.

It seems to me that all this anti-Obama rhetoric is not working for you guys. You have a Plan B?

midwest1

I am underwhelmed. Tax savings of $200 a year will do nothing with my significantly devalued house and local taxes that didn't go down.

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

All right! I get $106 over two years and the GAP deficit grows by 600 million so Walker can run on a tax cutting platform.

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

bookman21
bookman21

TWO DOLLARS A WEEK! BE STILL MY HEART!!

Middletonjim

Put it in your health savings account. It all adds up!

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

skippie

I guess when Libs get a little raise at work they tell their rich bosses to keep it.

Shake
Shake

Did he say anything about annexing the Sudetenland?

gobi

I don't think so, but the phrase "Master Race" may have been used :). Peaxe, and keep up the good work.

Victor_Berger
Victor_Berger

Nothing about the Sudetenland or the UP for that matter, but where the GOPers singing "Scooter, nous voilà!" during the applause line or where those just the echos of history?

bigbear81

Glad to hear everyone is getting such a nice tax cut, it only cost me 3900.00 last year to get it

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

smithy

I don't see 200,000+ jobs being created out of that crummy little tax cut (never mind that most peoples property taxes are still going up). Epic fail Scotty!

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

toobad

Walker is offsetting 0bama's betrayal of the middle class vis a vis taxes.

dante

I'm guessing that you don't remember the Payroll Tax Cut that Obama pushed through that was 12 times the size of this?

cny91583

Ginrummy - my spouse and I pay taxes. We do not have children, never had so we do not have such an advantage; tax deduction wise. The only tax deduction we have is mortgage insurance. Every year we adjust our contributions to our retirement so we don't have to give the government an interest free loan just to get it back as a "tax refund". Just out of curiousity since we are air drying our sacks - how many deduction do you have every tax year? Or what assets do you hide every tax year. And just to add a serious note myself personally I net weekly approx. $450 from my paycheck. My husband approx. $700 weekly. That equates to approx. $2300 net. Why not give people like us some tax cuts? We work when everyone else has kid issues to deal with. We show up even when school is closed. Not only do we get the shaft at work because people with children get many, many, many more benefits (days off, showing up late, etc) But we do not get the tax deductions. And no, I'm not bitter because I never had children I'm only stating some truths.

Middletonjim

So, share with us all, what will you and your husband do with your $2-3 dollars a week that Governor Scooter's tax cut will provide? Wouldn't yourather have the EIC that he took away?

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

mzd
mzd

$106? What a joke! I plan on giving my $106 to the next Democratic candidate for governor.

Lionhear

That would be throwing the money away, mzd.

How silly to actually complian about getting money back. Would you rather have a tax increase? you do sound like a Democrat.

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

scorp

The proposal for cutting taxes for the "middle class" fails to resonate with the dems because very few of them are a part of the middle class. They are more prone to receiving handouts from the gov than working enough to advance to middle class status.Since they pay no taxes ,tax cuts will not aid them and they just continue to whine. Walker should be a positive example for all dems because even without a degree he understands economics and business models. If only our incompetent pres could learn that.

ggth

Maybe he should address his $2.1 billion gaap deficit

If you don't wnat it, I'll take it. Never seen so many complain about a tax decrease?

ginrummy

Tax cuts only benefit people who pay taxes. The democrats hate this because it does nothing for their voter base. They probably want people who pay no taxes to get a "tax refund" instead of giving tax cuts.

Lionhear

The dems voter base already gets "tax refunds" without paying anything in.

skippie

So anyone making over $20k a year is considered wealthy to you? Do you realize how stupid this sounds?

DriveThru
DriveThru

People with kids making 20k a year don't pay ANY income taxes--there's nothing left to pay them with. You're the one who sounds stupid. This is just more welfare for the already well off. Standard repugnicon wealth redistribution hustle.

Tricolor Dog

He's giving the average taxpayer a $200 tax cut over two years. You can't pay a landline phone bill with that anymore. Meanwhile, he's putting people who can barely afford to eat an house themselves off the BadgerCare and turning them out to the exchanges which they obviously can't pay for health care coverage. So, baggers - that $200 will end up getting tacked back on to your health insurance premiums to pay for the people who used the ER for an illness that could have been prevented if they had remained on BadgerCare. This man is just a bad, rotten, and ideologically evil person. Not too bright, either.

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BananaSplitz
BananaSplitz

So are you writing the checks for the thousands of unpaid ER visits that people use as their source of medical care?

swarley

If they don't go onto badgercare they go on to obamacare you;d think that would make you happy

JoeBiteme

No going to the ER on Obamacare. Get in line for the death panel.

At least he's attempting to direct them toward the program they should be on and trying to make them pay something. Sign them all up for Medicaid and I get to just keep on carrying them all anyway. is that somehow better?

DriveThru
DriveThru

Just more hand outs for the wealthy. Because wages and jobs are so depressed in WI, nearly half the population pay no income taxes. The people who need income the most get nothing, while Walker's campaign cronies laugh all the way to the bank. Some things never change.

How can you say in one sentence that half the people pay no income tax, but they aren't getting anything? They are getting away with being provided a TON of services without paying Any taxes. Surely that is something. I just paid MY taxes, so I know what paying my way and Theirs feels like.

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