Two of Gov. Scott Walker's actions come into play in evaluating his general promise in 2009 to "lower the income tax.”
In his new two-year budget unveiled in February 2013, Walker proposed a small reduction in income tax rates in the three bottom brackets.
The cut, totaling $343 million over two years, would not affect the top two income brackets. But wealthier taxpayers would still benefit from these cuts because they are applied to their first $214,910 of taxable income, as the Journal Sentinel reported.
The Republican-controlled Legislature will take the budget up in spring 2013.
Walker, however, has not followed through on his pledge to erase the new income-tax bracket for high-earners set up by Democrats during the tenure of Gov. Jim Doyle, his predecessor. The 2009 move created a 7.75 percent tax bracket for single taxpayers with incomes of $225,000 and more, and for married couples filing jointly with incomes of $300,000 and more. Those income levels have changed a bit since then.
We gave Walker a Promise Broken for not moving to repeal the tax on the wealthy.
The overall promise to lower the income tax appears headed for a Compromise label if the Legislature approves an income tax cut.
For now, we rate this In the Works.