Fitzgerald Indicates Tax Cut Negotiations With Governor Unlikely

(Madison) State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has indicated that it is unlikely that Republicans will negotiate with the governor on the tax cut plan that was blocked yesterday. Evers vetoed the 250 million dollar, Republican-authored package, inviting GOP leaders to negotiate a plan he would accept. Fitzgerald says this is the second tax cut Evers has vetoed.

“Since last fall, I’ve said that I support another middle-class tax cut for hard-working Wisconsin families,” The Juneau Republican says, “I am extremely proud that Republican majorities in the Legislature pulled together and passed a plan that cut income taxes, slashed the personal property tax, paid down debt, and put money away in the state’s rainy day fund.

“While I’m disappointed in the governor’s actions, I’m not surprised – this is the second income tax cut he’s vetoed as governor. His budget proposal last summer included over $1 billion in tax hikes. Republicans in the Legislature will continue to hold the line against his far-left agenda.”

Evers wants the money used for education. The legislature passed the fast-tracked tax break last week, less than a week after its introduction. The veto means that, at least for now, neither schools nor taxpayers will get any of a projected 452 million dollars in extra tax revenue.