Assembly Fails to Override Governor's Veto

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wisconsin Republicans' property tax freeze is dead again.

Democratic Governor Doyle vetoed the Republican plan last week.

Wednesday the state Assembly tried to override the veto but failed on a 59-to-39 vote along party lines. A veto override takes at least 66 votes.

Democrats in the body shredded the Republican plan, saying it would wreck public schools. Republicans say Democrats don't care about real people struggling to pay their annual tax bill.

Doyle and the Republicans have competing property tax control plans. The governor's plan would save the average homeowner $2 over the next two years.

He achieves that by pumping another $700 million into state schools and limiting local governments' spending.

The Republican plan would save that same taxpayer eleven dollars over the same period. But the Republicans get there largely by freezing schools' portion of the property tax levy at last year's levels.

Doyle says he won't abide by anything that hurts schools.

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