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Tax return: WI Senate passes $100 million property tax cut

By   /   October 15, 2013  /   3 Comments

By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON – After more than an hour of political ping pong Tuesday, with the taxpayer playing the familiar role of ball, most Senate Democrats agreed with Republicans that a $100 million property tax cut was too good a deal to pass up.

Or, perhaps, political suicide to turn it down.

Last week, Democrats gave Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans an earful after Walker called a special session to pass a $100 million property tax cut last week. Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, called the tax cut a “gimmick.”

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EXTRA CHEESE: A $100 million property tax bill passed Tuesday in the Senate will trim about $33 off the typical property tax bill over the next two years – the price of a decent cheese and sausage plate.

Sen. President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, excoriated senate Democrats for being Janus-faced on the bill and “triple-dared” them to vote against it to match their rhetoric.

“Today we have a chance to give the taxpayers a small break. I admit it is not a massive amount, but it is better than raising their property taxes” in 2009 and 2010-11, Ellis said of previous tax hikes under a Democrat majority.

“I am willing to go door to door throughout my district, proud to say that I finally stopped the bleeding on the middle class when it comes to property taxes,” he said.

On Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously passed the bill out of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee before it was sent over to the Senate.

The bill passed in the Senate 28-5. The bill on Thursday is expected to be debated in the Republican-controlled Assembly, where it is expected to pass, before it heads to Walker’s desk. Walker is ready with his pen.

Get the full story coming up Tuesday morning in Wisconsin Reporter.

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Kittle is a 25-year veteran of radio, newspaper and online journalism. In July 2011, Kittle joined Watchdog.org as bureau chief for Wisconsin Reporter. He has spent much of the past three years covering the seismic political changes taking place in the Badger State. Last year, Kittle joined Watchdog’s national reporting team, covering everything from energy policy to governmental assaults on civil rights. Beyond being published in Wisconsin’s daily newspapers and in multimedia news outlets, Kittle’s work has appeared on Fox News, and in Human Events, Reason Magazine, Newsmax and Town Hall. His special investigation into a politically charged John Doe probe, “Wisconsin’s Secret War,” was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. Kittle has made several appearances on Fox News, including “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He serves as weekly politics commentator for Lake 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva, and WRJN-AM 1400 in Racine. His resume includes multiple awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, Wisconsin Broadcast Association and other journalism associations. Contact Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org.

  • oatka

    Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, called the tax cut a “gimmick.”

    To ANY Democrat, cutting taxes is always a “gimmick”. Tax INCREASES on the other hand . . .

  • jacklohman

    We’ll see what happens when we hear the rest of the story. I don’t think we should naively jump on the bandwagon too soon.

  • oatka

    Not naive, just been around long enough to know the routine.

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