Tony Evers on Tax Reform



Big tax breaks for wealthiest 20% of earners is reckless

I want to work together on a budget provision that will send a total of up to 20% of the state's sales tax revenue back to our local communities for shared revenue. It means more than half a billion dollars more per year in new resources to invest in key priorities like EMS, fire, and law enforcement services, transportation, local health and human services, and other challenges facing our communities.

So, cutting taxes is part of our agenda, just as it has been for the past four years. We've kept more money in Wisconsinites' pockets and delivered the largest tax cut in state history--and we can do more. But I also want to be clear tonight: splurging $3.5 billion to hand out big breaks to the wealthiest 20 percent of earners isn't responsible, folks; it's reckless. Spending billions on a flat tax isn't a workforce plan or an economic development plan.

Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Wisconsin legislature , Jan 24, 2023

15% middle class tax cut of largest in state history

We've also been working hard to keep more money in Wisconsinites' pockets. Last year, we provided $480 million in tax relief for Wisconsin businesses and families affected by the pandemic. Republicans and Democrats also found common ground, and I was glad to deliver on my promise to cut taxes for middle-class families by 15% by signing one of the largest tax cuts in state history. Through all of the tax cuts I've signed into law, 86% of Wisconsin taxpayers will see a 15% income tax cut.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Wisconsin legislature , Feb 15, 2022

Incentivize in-state pharmaceutical, medical equipment

I was proud to work alongside both legislative chambers to support the passage of a PPE tax credit to incentivize in-state production and ensure that we aren't forced to rely on anyone but our own Georgia Made entrepreneurs for critical supplies. I am proposing a natural next step to the PPE Tax Credit by expanding the letter of the law to cover pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers. We cannot waste time in bidding wars with other states or foreign adversaries.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to Georgia legislature , Jan 14, 2021

Provided a 10% tax cut for Wisconsin families

Finally, I delivered on my campaign promise for a 10-percent tax cut for Wisconsin families. The People's Budget, together with Assembly Bill 251, provided more than $500 million in tax relief for working, middle-class families. That's money back in your pockets, folks.
Source: 2020 State of the State address on Wisconsin voting record , Jan 22, 2020

Raise taxes on wealthy to pay for public services

Q: Increase taxes to pay for public services?

Tony Evers (D): Yes. Open to raising taxes on wealthy to pay for public services.

Scott Walker (R): No. Has cut $8 billion during two terms. Cuts skewed toward higher earners.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

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