My Take: Wisconsin’s budget surplus

The state of Wisconsin will have a projected $812 million surplus through mid-2021, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. In response to that news, Republicans in the Legislature, including Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, are pushing for tax cuts while Gov. Tony Evers has proposed an increase in funding for schools, which he says would result in lower property taxes. 

Tax relief

E: “We don’t have to choose between investing in our kids and reducing property taxes; we can do both. My plan recommits to our promise of two-thirds state funding for our schools and will provide $130 million in property tax relief.”

A: “I believe this money should be returned to you, the taxpayers. That is why I am supporting legislation that would cut taxes for the middle class and job creators, as well as pay down over $100 million in state debt.”

Priorities

E: “I’ve always said that what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state, and every kid deserves access to high-quality public education regardless of their age, identity, background, economic status or zip code.”

A: “The surplus should be good news for taxpayers. However, Madison liberals have already marched out a new plan to raise income taxes. This makes no sense, especially when the state already has more tax revenue than is required to operate. For the tax and spenders in Madison, no amount of money will ever satisfy them.”

The message

E: “We know the bipartisan support is there, we just need elected officials to put people before politics.”

A: “Ultimately it is important that the government understands these are your tax dollars and they need to be rightfully returned to you since you overpaid.”

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