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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.”


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.

Contact reporter Ryan Ekvall at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Nockian.


M.D. Kittle is bureau chief of Wisconsin Watchdog and First Amendment Reporter for Watchdog.org. Kittle is a 25-year veteran of print, broadcast and online media. He is the recipient of several awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and others. He is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. Kittle's extensive series on Wisconsin's unconstitutional John Doe investigations was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze. His work has been featured in Town Hall, Fox News, NewsMax, and other national publications, and his reporting has been cited by news outlets nationwide. Kittle is a fill-in talk show host on the Jay Weber Show and the Vicki McKenna Show in Milwaukee and Madison.

  • 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.