MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) Governor Scott Walker will sign Wisconsin's $100-million property tax cut on Sunday, so homeowners will get it on their bills in December. The Assembly gave final legislative approval to the measure yesterday on an 82-to-12 vote. 25 Democrats joined all Republicans in voting yes. Most of the dissenters were from the Madison and Milwaukee areas.
The Republican Walker proposed the tax cut eight days ago. He'll sign it in Burlington -- the home district of G-O-P Speaker Robin Vos, who helped push it through.
Democrats again accused Republicans of making a political mountain out of a molehill. The average homeowner will get $13 off this year's property tax bill, and $20 off next year.
Trempealeau Democrat Chris Danou said it averages a quarter-a-week -- which he says would not buy a gumball. Minority leader Peter Barca offered an amendment with a larger tax cut plus more money for Medicaid, the Homestead tax credit, and the state's rainy day fund. That was voted down.
Democrats again slammed the timing of the tax cut proposal, made just three days after Democrat Mary Burke announced her bid for governor next year. The Dems said it's all designed to help Walker win. Vos noted that the loudest critics ended up voting for the tax plan, knowing that if they didn't, their jobs might be at risk at election time. Vos and other Republicans said the tax cut would help the economy. It will also raise the deficit in the next state budget by 33-percent, but Vos says that doesn't reflect a growing economy and the higher tax revenues it would generate.