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Top 13 percent of earners receiving two-thirds of private school tax benefit "Tax filers making more than $100,000 a year are claiming two-thirds of a private school tuition tax cut enacted four years ago."
WI DOT significantly underestimated highway project costs "Year after year, the Republican majority has paid lip service to our transportation needs while delaying major projects and placing millions on the state's credit card through bonding. The state cannot afford to continue down this path of uncertainty and fiscal irresponsibility," stated Rep. Gordon Hintz.
Billings, Doyle and Shilling Talked Wisconsin Budget in La Crosse "If someone stole $1,000 from me five years ago and today they're giving me back $250, should I be grateful for that?" Billings asked.
Democratic State Representatives Preview New Budget "Rep. Don Vruwink (D-Milton) wants to see money allocated fairly, especially for rural schools." "As we begin to debate...Democrats will be the ones fighting for the rural schools and working to ensure they receive the equitable funding in our state funding formula," said Vruwink. "They are the cornerstone of our towns."
Turn Back Secretive GOP Power Play "Wisconsin's leading purveyors of secret government-the Republican leadership in the state Assembly and Senate-pushed through a plan Thursday that gives high-priced lawyers carte blanche at taxpayers expense to fight a federal court ruling requiring the GOP to redraw legislative maps they secretly gerrymandered in 2011. Some people really have no shame."
Lack of Urgency, Transparency in Sexual Assault Kit Testing Necessitates Audit Rep. Sargent requests an audit of the DOJ's sexual assault kit backlog and testing policies and procedures
GOP Private Attorneys Could be Paid More Than $175,000 Taxpayers could be on the hook for another $175,000 in legal fees under an agreement released Wednesday that Republican legislative leaders reached with a law firm to represent them in a redistricting lawsuit. Republicans agreed to hire a pair of law firms to represent them in the case that could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Taxpayers have already spent more than $2 million to defend legislative maps that a panel of federal court judges ruled were unconstitutional.
Our Budget Must Invest in the Future "After six years of complete Republican control, Governor Walker has painted a rosy picture as he prepares for his next campaign. Sadly, this picture simply doesn’t align with reality for many Wisconsinites," Rep. Spreitzer said.
11 People Received $22 Million from One Tax Credit Rep. Gordon Hintz was featured in PolitiFact for the following statement: "The credit disproportionately benefits people who are the wealthiest in our population: 75 percent of the credit goes to those who make over $1 million. In fact, 11 individuals who make over $30 million each got $22 million (in) credit.”
Capital Budget Defers and Delays Several Projects, Drives Up Costs “The Governor repeatedly chooses to make the least responsible decision. It is not more responsible to borrow money and cripple Wisconsin’s infrastructure and ability to compete in the global economy,” said Rep. Hintz. “Instead of worrying about a cheap 2018 campaign soundbite, the Governor should step up, be a leader, and actually governor our state before the problems he created get any worse.”