FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         February 13, 2019

Contact: Representative Ron Tusler (608) 266-5831


Rep. Tusler Votes to Cut Taxes For Middle Class

Governor’s Plan Would Raise Taxes, Jeopardize Strong Economy

Madison, WI – Tuesday, Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) voted for a bill that would provide $340 million in tax cuts for working class individuals and families in Wisconsin. The bill passed the Assembly on a party-line vote of 61 – 33 with only Democrats voting against the plan.

“I’m excited for the hard-working middle class individuals and families who will benefit from this tax cut,” said Rep. Tusler.  “A median-income family filing jointly will see a 10.5% reduction in their tax liability; that’s more than $300 that can go towards savings, a vacation, or whatever the taxpayer sees fit, not the government.”

The bill targets individuals making less than $100,000 and families earning $150,000 or less.  Seventy-five percent of the tax relief will affect filers with incomes between $30,000 and $100,000. State net tax liability would nearly be cut in half for married joint filers making between $30,000 and $40,000.

Governor Evers’ proposal phases out the tax credit for certain individuals and families and only targets individuals earning up to $80,000 and families earning up to $125,000.  Additionally, the Governor’s plan would increase taxes on manufactures to pay for the tax cut and fall $370 million short over the next two years. The Republican bill does not raise any taxes and is fully funded.

“Nearly 500 manufacturers in Calumet and Outagamie Counties and almost 60 manufactures in Brillion, Stockbridge, Kimberly, Combined Locks, and Little Chute will suffer under Governor Evers’ plan.  Polices like the Governor’s will stifle Wisconsin’s amazing economic growth and jeopardize good-paying, middle-class manufacturing jobs,” Rep. Tusler said.

The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote on Wednesday, February 13. If it is passed by the Senate, the Governor can either approve the Republican plan or veto it.

A video of Rep. Tusler’s reaction to passage of the tax cut legislation can be found here.