How did an 11th-hour campaign pledge by Gov. Tony Evers to "raise no taxes" fare when the rubber met the road at budget time?
Evers proposed a gas tax in his budget that would have broken that promise, but the GOP-controlled Legislature pulled that out, replacing it with a series of fee increases.
Evers had another tax increase that made it through, however.
He proposed a new 71% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes. A tax increase made it into the final budget that Evers signed, though Republicans lowered the tax to about one-sixth of what the governor proposed. The state's nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau projects that tax will generate $5.5 million in revenue over the two-year budget.
The final budget made several other tax-related changes, though they aren't all as clearly in the tax increase category.
The budget removed a tax deduction for state-based businesses that move some or all operations out of state (effectively raising taxes) and limited exemptions for certain real estate transfer fees (meaning more would pay the fee).
And a provision introduced by Evers was pulled out of the budget and passed separately that expanded requirements for online retailers to collect sales tax (not a new type of tax, but increasing the amount of taxation by upping enforcement).
So a number of measures increased the tax being charged in some fashion, and one was unequivocally a tax increase. It was proposed and signed into law by Evers.
That's a Promise Broken.