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WI Democrat says voters who oppose raising taxes ‘aren’t smart’

Janet Bewley (D-Mason)
Janet Bewley (D-Mason)(WMTV-TV)
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 11:19 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Wisconsin Senate says that county voters who reject raising local sales taxes “aren’t smart.”

The comment from Sen. Janet Bewley, of Mason, came during a pre-taped round table discussion broadcast Wednesday during a Wisconsin Counties Association meeting.

Lawmakers were discussing Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to allow voters in counties to vote on approving a half-cent sales tax increase. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, both Republicans, flatly rejected the proposal, which is a priority for counties.

When asked why voters would reject a tax increase, Bewley said “Perhaps it means they’re not smart.”

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