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Madeline Heim
By Madeline Heim July 23, 2021

Bipartisan 2021-23 budget does include a middle-class tax cut

In signing the state budget into law on July 8, 2021, Gov. Tony Evers OK'd a Republican plan for tax cuts that would reduce the state's third tax bracket to 5.3%. 

Tax cuts were at the heart of the GOP-written, $87.3 billion spending plan, to which Evers made only minor vetoes. That tax bracket includes individual Wisconsinites making as much as $263,000 a year and married residents making as much as $351,000. 

In his original campaign promise, Evers said he would cut income taxes in his first budget for individuals making up to $100,000 and families making up to $150,000. 

While the cut didn't happen until his second budget, and isn't as targeted at people making less as he had originally proposed — about three-quarters of the tax cuts would go to those making $100,000 or more a year — it still accomplishes his end goal. 

That said, the original promise was for the cut to be achieved in his first budget. With that in mind, we give this a final rating of Compromise.


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Mica Soellner
By Mica Soellner July 5, 2019

Budget includes a tax cut, but not quite what Evers proposed

On the campaign trail, Gov. Tony Evers promised a middle class tax cut -- a 10% income tax reduction for individuals making up to $100,000 a year and families making up to $150,000. 

The plan would have amounted to a cut of about $216 per person each year.

Evers wanted to pay for it by rolling back the manufacturers and agricultural tax credit, put in place by Republicans. But Republican lawmakers rejected the proposal in favor of their own plan. That was left intact after Evers issued his vetoes to the budget.

The end result: The $81.7 billion budget for 2019-21 reduces the state's two lowest income tax brackets and when coupled with other legislation with bipartisan support from Evers and Republicans, income taxes will be reduced by $75 on average per person in 2019 and $136 in 2020, or about half what Evers proposed.

We rate this promise Compromise

Eric Litke
By Eric Litke March 26, 2019

Proposal is included in budget, which awaits legislative action

Gov. Tony Evers pledged in October 2018, the month before the election, that low- and middle-income taxpayers would get a break under his administration.

He said on his campaign website that "everyone with annual incomes up to $100,000 would receive a 10% tax cut."

The actual proposal in his first budget lines up, according to the state's nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. In its analysis, the agency said a "Family and Individual Reinvestment" credit would be available to all taxpayers with a state adjusted gross income below $100,000, or below $150,000 if married filing jointly.

The credit would reduce tax liability by 10 percent or $100, whichever is greater. So it actually extends the promise by establishing a minimum payout.

This remains just a proposal, however, with the budget awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Legislature, we rate this promise In the Works.


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