In his two-year budget unveiled in February 2013, Walker proposed a small reduction in income tax rates in the three bottom brackets. The proposal affected the tax code for individuals, not corporate income taxes. But many business owners run their profits through the individual tax system.
The cut, totalling $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.
Walker's proposal was making its way through the legislative budget process in spring 2013.
In 2011, Walker offered a scaled-back small-business tax cut with a lower price tag than the plan he offered during the 2010 campaign. The Legislature modified it so businesses with sales of up to $5 million annually receive a tax deduction of $4,000 for each job they create. Businesses with sales of more than $5 million a year receive a deduction of $2,000 for each job they create, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Walker signed the bill and we rated that a Compromise on the Walk-O-Meter.
We rated as a Promise Kept his signing of a bill in 2011 that provided a total personal income or corporate tax break for two years for businesses that relocate here.
He also signed a bill inserted into his first budget by GOP lawmakers that phases out the state tax on the production earnings of manufacturers and agricultural businesses to almost nothing by 2016. That fulfilled a Walker promise on cutting manufacturing taxes, we found.
Also in 2011, Walker signed a corporate income tax holiday of two years for businesses that relocate to Wisconsin from another state or another country.
Overall, Walker has made progress on several fronts on lowering taxes on employers.
For now, until he signs the income tax cut, we'll keep this at In the Works.