Take 2: Republican Tax Freeze

Assembly and Senate Republicans say they have revamped their version of the property tax freeze. Now, it now saves the taxpayer more than Governor Doyle's plan.

Assembly Republicans were set to vote on their old plan Tuesday, but a study by the legislative fiscal bureau showed Governor Doyle's freeze saved taxpayers more money. Now, Republicans have countered with a guaranteed 3–year freeze.

The difference between the two plans is the Governor is guaranteeing he will fully fund schools and municipal government. Doyle plans to use money from transportation and medical malpractice funds to pay for those budgets.

Republicans are only guaranteeing a freeze. It won't be until they work on the budget that they figure out whether schools will get two-thirds funding. State Senator Scott Fitzgerald says, "The key piece of that budget proposal will be this freeze. We have the ability now in context of all the other things we have to repair. Come up with what that per pupil amount will be."

The Assembly will vote on the bill Thursday and the Senate will vote next Tuesday. Democratic leaders are already asking Governor Doyle to veto the bill.

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