Scott Walker on Tax Reform
Republican Wisconsin Governor
Allow pass-through companies option to reduce tax burden
Legislative Summary: SB883: This bill allows pass-through entities to elect to be taxed at the entity level for purposes of the state's income and franchise taxes. Under current law, pass-through entities are generally not subject to the
income or franchise tax at the entity level. Rather, any item of income, loss, or deduction flows through to their shareholders who are then subject to tax.
Analysis by The Capital Times: This bill primarily deals with transportation
issues and state highway funding. It also includes provisions that benefit certain companies, including partnerships and limited liability corporations, by effectively allowing them to reduce their tax burdens by choosing how they are taxed under state
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 18-15-0 on Dec/4/18; Passed Assembly 58-26-15 on Dec/4/18; Signed by Governor Scott Walker on Dec/14/18
Source: The Capital Times on Wisconsin voting record SB884
, Dec 14, 2018
Cut $8 billion in taxes, mostly for higher earners
Q: Increase taxes to pay for public services?
Tony Evers (D): Yes. Open to raising taxes on wealthy to pay for public services.
Scott Walker (R): No. Has cut $8 billion during two terms. Cuts skewed toward higher earners.
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race
, Oct 9, 2018
Reduce property, income and production tax burden
Tonight, I am proud to say that property and income taxes are down from where they were when we took office. We didn't just slow the rate of increase; we actually reduced the tax burden from where it was five years ago.
We also helped farmers and manufacturers in our state with a production tax credit that is phased in through this year. This helps some of our most important industries.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Wisconsin legislature
, Jan 19, 2016
Reduced property taxes by $141 in 4 years; more coming
I am proud to say property taxes on a typical home were $141 lower in December of 2014 than they were four years ago. That's right; property taxes are literally lower than they were in 2010. How many Governors can say that?
If property taxes had grown
over the past four years at the rate they did between 2006 and 2010, a typical homeowner would have paid $385 more in property taxes this past December. Over the last four years combined, the cumulative difference is more than $800. That's real money.
We heard you loud and clear. Thanks for all of the nice notes and emails and calls to tell us how your property taxes went down. My pledge to you is that property taxes four years from now will be lower than they were in 2014.
We reduced income and employer taxes, too. And we started taking less out of paychecks for withholding last April, so you could keep more of your hard-earned money.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Wisconsin Legislature
, Jan 13, 2015
Tax increases reduce state revenues in the long run
After leaving the budget briefing, the situation was far worse than anything I'd seen in Milwaukee County.
And the more I learned, the more resolved I became to fix this once and for all. We had to find the money somewhere. There were only a few limited options:
Source: Unintimidated, by Scott Walker, p. 29
, Nov 18, 2013
I could raise taxes, as the governor across the border in Illinois ended up doing. But I had promised on the campaign trail not to raise taxes. I knew that doing so would harm economic growth, reduce state revenues in the long run,
and hurt job creation when I had pledged to jump-start it. So tax increases were off the table.
- I could lay off thousands of public workers.
- I could cut Medicaid.
High tax and low employment is no coincidence
The best way to help Wisconsin families is to ensure that there is a job available for every worker who wants one.
Wisconsin is one of the highest taxed states in the nation, and it is no coincidence that our jobs are disappearing."
Source: Campaign website, scottwalker.org, "Issues"
, Nov 2, 2010
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Walker signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge against raising taxes
[The ATR, Americans for Tax Reform, run by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, ask legislators to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in each election cycle. Their self-description:]
In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. Since its rollout in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts. Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge.
The Taxpayer Protection Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar
for dollar by further reducing tax rates."
Opponents' Opinion (from wikipedia.com):In Nov. 2011, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed that Congressional Republicans "are being led like puppets by Grover Norquist. They're giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, but never do they compromise on Grover Norquist. He is their leader." Since Norquist's pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as "no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell."
Source: Taxpayer Protection Pledge 12-ATR on Jan 1, 2012
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