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Not support an increase in the state sales tax

Not support an increase in the state sales tax.


Sources:

Wisconsin’s Comeback Plan, Walker campaign, July 2014

Subjects: Taxes

Updates

No sign of any increase so far

One of the numerous campaign promises on taxes that have been made by Gov. Scott Walker is a simple one.

Running for re-election in 2014, he pledged "not to support an increase in the state sales tax."

The 5 percent rate has been in place since 1982 and doesn't seem to be headed upward anytime soon.

Back in 2010, shortly after Walker was elected to his first term, a member of his transition team floated the idea of raising the sales tax in exchange for lowering other taxes. But the governor-elect quickly rejected it.

And since then, said Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance research director Dale Knapp, "he's consistently rejected" any such proposal.

Walker's second term doesn't end until January 2019, so it's possible the sales tax could be raised.

That being said, the Legislature is in control of Walker's fellow Republicans. And Walker will be submitting only one more two-year state budget, in 2017, before his term ends.

In the meantime, we rate his sales tax promise In the Works.

Sources:

Scott Walker campaign, Wisconsin's Comeback Plan, July 2014
 
Email, Gov. Scott Walker deputy chief of staff for communications Jack Jablonski, April 28, 2016
 
Interview, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance research director Dale Knapp, April 28, 201