GOP preps to OK $321m income tax cut

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Firmer figures are emerging on the tax cuts Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee plan to insert in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget.

A Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis of the proposal shows Republicans would reduce the second-lowest income tax bracket by .63 percent, resulting in a $321.5 million cut over the 2019-2021 biennium.

The GOP plan also would shift about $58.6 million in general tax dollars to the Wisconsin Lottery. The money would increase the lottery property tax credit.

Republicans would impose a much lower tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products than Evers called for, resulting in about $23.7 million less revenue for the state.

The committee plans to adopt the plan Thursday. The panel also plans to approve a GOP bill that would require online marketplaces such as Amazon to collect sales tax from third-party sellers and use the money to further reduce the two lowest income tax brackets.


Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee are nearly finished revising Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget.

The committee has been working on tweaking the budget since May. The panel is scheduled to wrap up its work Thursday.

Republican members plan to add a $400 million middle-class tax cut to the budget. They'll also consider whether to retain language imposing a new tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products equal to 71 percent of the product's price and prohibiting businesses from using Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation tax credits, grants and loans from reducing net employment in Wisconsin or moving jobs out of the state.