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Following Gov. Evers’ Signing of the Biennial Budget, AFP and MacIver Institute Highlight Legislature’s Commitment to Tax Relief

Jul 13, 2021 by AFP

Madison, WI – Today, Americans for Prosperity – Wisconsin (AFP-WI) and the MacIver Institute reflected on a biennial budget process that saw the legislature stand firm on behalf of taxpayers in the face of massive tax hikes proposed by Governor Evers.  Thanks to the legislature, Wisconsinites will soon realize one of the largest tax cuts in state history despite Evers’ repeated attempts to hike sales, income, property, business, and capital gains taxes.

AFP-WI state director Eric Bott issued the following statement:

“Our activists are thankful to the legislature for rejecting Evers’ efforts to raise taxes on working families and main street businesses, still struggling from his pandemic lockdown orders.  Pro-growth policies helped generate this historic budget surplus and it’s only right to return a portion to hardworking Wisconsinites.”

AFP-WI and the MacIver Institute also noted concerns with Evers’ use of the line-item veto to nix a $550 million transfer to Wisconsin’s rainy day fund and changes to Wisconsin’s income tax withholding tables. Due to Evers’ actions, workers will see government hold onto more of their hard-earned cash.

MacIver Institute President Brett Healy issued the following statement:

“It is strange that Gov. Evers would, on the one hand, sign the income tax cut into law but then veto the withholding changes that will keep the paycheck tax unnecessarily higher than it needs to be and make our weekly paychecks smaller. Some will try to say that this is not a tax increase. Let’s be clear. Forcing taxpayers to give the government more of their hard-earned money than is necessary, even if it may only be a “temporary” no interest earned mandatory loan to the government, is a tax increase. It is wrong and I hope Gov. Evers will reconsider his decision.”