MADISON - On Sunday, Governor Scott Walker gave final approval to the state budget and the $665 million in income tax cuts for taxpayers of Wisconsin. The co-chairs of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) issued the following statement regarding the signing of the state budget:
"Our goal for this budget was to create an environment for the private sector to expand the workforce and reduce government red tape. This budget reforms unemployment insurance system, and pays off interest to the federal government."
"Two years ago our business leaders were struggling with severely increased taxes, only 10% thought Wisconsin was headed in the right direction. We faced a $3.6 billion deficit. Unemployment was over nine percent as around 150,000 jobs left the state."
"Looking forward to today our revenues have increased, and our state has a surplus. Wisconsin has jumped eleven spots in job creation and has added more than 60,000 private sector jobs."
"This budget improves our communities, such as making investments in child support enforcement, treatment alternatives, drug courts, domestic abuse grants and mental health initiatives. The budget freezes UW tuition and fees. It supports our veterans by stabilizing the Veterans Trust Fund, increasing staffing at veterans homes, maintaining tax exemptions and providing additional reimbursement for veterans attending certain colleges."
"This budget plan allows us to move Wisconsin forward. It contains one of the largest tax cuts in Wisconsin history, nearly doubles the governor's proposed tax cut - to more than$665 million, and holds the line on property taxes.This budget will help continue the momentum of our state's economy"
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