We could see some major changes with
the new state budget. The plan is now on its way to the state
assembly. It passed in a 12-4 vote.
A budget committee approved cutting
income taxes about $650 million, which would span during the next two
All republicans voted for the budget
plan, while all democrats were against it.
It was a marathon session,
including a proposal to cut income taxes across the board. Wisconsin
republicans say it's the right move.
"I think we decided that it was a
very important issue," said republican State Senator Jerry
Petrowski of Marathon.
But it comes with heavy opposition.
Democrats say the cuts favor the rich, and instead, say the money
should go to public schools.
"That tax cut was built on the
shoulders and backs of our school children and that is frankly
unacceptable," said democratic State Representative Katrina
Shankland of Stevens Point.
Petrowski tells Newsline 9 these tax
cuts were deserved and added other areas of the budget address schools.
"I think anytime you can cut
taxes, it's good. And it's good for the reason that money in people's
pockets, they tend to spend it," said Petrowski.
A taxpayer making $45,000 annually
would save about $85 a year under this new plan.
In February, Governor Scott Walker
proposed $343 million in income tax cuts, and this new plan nearly
"Why can't we afford to give new
aid to public schools who are struggling? Why can't we afford to give
some of that money to the middle class who are struggling?"
Shankland told Newsline 9.
"People will be paying a lower
percentage of income tax in Wisconsin, and so there's going to be a
lot of people benefiting from this," said Petrowski.
Shankland said there's still work to be
"I would love to see the assembly
and the senate scrutinize the extreme policies that found their way
into the budget this morning around 6 a.m.," Shankland added.
Republicans say they're confident few
changes will be made moving forward.
The snowmobile trails opened in Vilas CountyFriday at 5 p.m.
More light snow on the way, and a bit of a warming trend too.
Students from Evergreen Elementary School in Kronenwetter do their part to help spread holiday cheer this year.
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