September 15, 2017                                                                                                


LeMahieu Votes to Protect Taxpayers with Budget Vote

MadisonToday, the Senate passed the state budget, Assembly Bill 64. In response, Senator LeMahieu released the following statement:

“Today, I voted for a state budget that invests in the future success of our students and maintains Wisconsin’s core services all while reducing the tax burden on Wisconsin’s hard-working families.”

 “The budget prioritizes education with an increase of over $600 million directed to public schools. Per pupil aid is increased by $200 in the 2017-’18 school year and an additional $204 per pupil in the 2018-’19 school year. Additionally, frugal, lower-spending districts are given more flexibility to provide their students with the tools they need.”

“Key reforms were made to the Department of Transportation to ensure taxpayer dollars are used effectively without having to compromise the completion of projects while investing additional dollars in local road aids and bridges. Furthermore, the expansion of Highway 23 was protected. This project is essential to the safety of those traveling the corridor and area businesses.”

 “These significant investments were made while holding the line on property taxes. Families will see additional tax relief with the complete elimination of both the state portion of the property tax and alternative minimum tax. Eliminating these two taxes is another step towards simplifying our tax code. Additionally, the budget partially repeals the personal property tax, which is the first step towards eliminating an onerous tax on main street businesses.”

 “The 2017-’19 budget combined with the previous budget makes huge investments in K-12 education, continues the tuition freeze in the UW System, maintains core services including transportation and Medicaid, and reduces borrowing to our lowest levels in 20 years all while simplifying the tax code and reducing the tax burden on Wisconsin’s hard-working families.”

Senator Devin LeMahieu serves the 9th Senate District, which includes portions of Calumet, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties.