MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Governor Scott Walker has promised to roll out an income tax cut for Wisconsin's middle classworkers.
"With the introduction of myproposed budget next month, I will lay out a clear plan for reducing the burdenon hard-working families by lowering income taxes on the middle class," theGovernor said Tuesday night in his annual State of the State Address.
The proposal is earning ravereviews from Walker'sfellow Republicans.
"I would like to see thebiggest tax cut Wisconsin can afford," saidAssembly Speaker Robin Vos (R – Rochester).
Vos said he defines ‘middleclass' as workers earning between $20-thousand and $200-thousand annually.
"Over the past several years Democrats have raisedtaxes by millions of dollars," the Speaker added. "People have also seen lesstake home pay as more money goes to Washington D.C."
Vos and his fellow lawmakers are not awaiting thespecifics on the Governor's plan – such as how long his proposed tax cut wouldbe in effect.
"When the Governor releases his budget we're going tohave a sizable down payment on that tax cut," Vos said. "Yes it could expandover time, but I want to do it in a way that's responsible and that we canafford."
But Democrats remain skeptical.
"We need to make sure the resources are going to peoplewho need them the most," said Rep. Peter Barca (D – Kenosha) the Assembly's Minority Leader.
"Last session the Governor raised taxes on people making$10, or $11 an hour by cutting the earned income tax credit. Those people werehurt desperately by the Governor's last budget," Barca said. "So that's where Ihope we put the primary resources."
"You have a number of different rates related to theincome tax cut proposal," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau). "I think whatthe Governor is suggesting is he thinks there are certain income levels wherehe thinks dollars should be put into that tax cut."
"It's probably not the high-end incomes and it'sprobably not those Wisconsinites that don't pay any taxes at all," Fitzgeraldsaid.
Senator Jennifer Shilling (D – La Crosse) joined Barca in refraining frompraising the proposal just yet.
"We have to consider who the tax cut would betargeted to, how it will be paid for, and what it means for other areas of thebudget," Shilling said.
"For example our transportation and infrastructure,education and healthcare," Shilling added, "a budget is about priorities."
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