Statements about State Finances
A poll taken "a few months ago" found "70 percent approval or higher" for the Act 10 collective bargaining law.
Under Mary Burke’s leadership, Commerce Department business-incentive programs had "major shortcomings" and "40 percent of jobs...didn’t materialize."
Says Mary Burke's "2007-'09 state budget had a tax hike of $1.8 billion -- costing every man, woman and child in the state an extra $310."
With his proposal to cut income and property taxes, Scott Walker is "increasing the state deficit at a time when borrowing is already at record levels."
Wisconsin is "not a high tax and fee state." When you look at "all the money state and local governments bring in" from residents, "we're more in the middle."
"We’re trailing every other state in the Midwest in terms of job creation since January of 2011."
"The national economic recovery has led to higher than expected tax revenues and projected budget surpluses in nearly every state in the nation, including Wisconsin."
"With the tax controls we already put in place, property taxes on a typical home in December of 2014 will actually be lower than they were in December of 2010."
"After years of 5.5 percent average tuition increases, we now have a two-year tuition freeze for the first time in the history of the UW System."
Scott Walker's income "tax plan is a tax hike. It increases taxes for nearly 80% of the people in the state."
Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."
Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."
"The state budget has actually grown by $4.6 billion under" Gov. Scott Walker’s actions.
"You've seen where we're now going from a $700 million surplus to getting into the next biennium with almost a $750 million deficit."
"The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus."
"The Legislature passed Gov. Walker’s so-called property tax relief bill," but the Republicans "are still raising your property taxes."
"We’ve used (generally accepted accounting principles) here in this building the last two years."
Because of Gov. Scott Walker’s budgeting, a greater percentage of general fund tax dollars is "going to pay off debt than ever before in our history."
"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."
A private school tax break in the Wisconsin state budget is "the most generous in the nation."
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