FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Rep. Steineke Votes to Cut Taxes, Invest in Schools
MADISON – Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) voted this evening in favor of historic investments in education and a lowered tax burden for hard-working Wisconsin families. Rep. Steineke joined his colleagues in approving the state’s budget bill, which passed the Assembly on a 57-39 vote.
“We are investing in our students, our economy, and ultimately, the hard-working families of Wisconsin,” said Rep. Steineke. “I am proud that the work we’ve done on this budget will have real, lasting results for Wisconsinites.”
Students and schools are a priority of this budget, with the bill bringing over $600 million in increased funding to school districts. This funding will be primarily put directly into the classroom, ensuring each tax dollar has the most impact on actual students. Additionally, the budget provides a freeze on tuition at UW schools, saving the average student $6,300 over four years.
“Every student, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a quality education,” said Rep. Steineke. “By investing in our students and schools, we are investing in the future of Wisconsin.”
While providing historic funding to education, the budget bill simultaneously does not increase sales, property, or income taxes. In fact, property taxes will be lower than they were in 2010, 2014, and today. The legislation also eliminates an entire state tax and partially repeals the personal property tax for small businesses.
“As a steward of the 5th Assembly District, it is my responsibility to be mindful of how we are spending taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Steineke. “At the end of the day, keeping the government’s hands out of taxpayer pockets is what’s best for Wisconsin families.”
The budget bill will now head to the state Senate for consideration before going to Governor Walker to be signed into law.