When I was elected to the State Assembly in 2010, Wisconsin was facing a $3.6 billion structural deficit. This deficit amounted to a projected cost of $640 for every man, woman and child in our state. Previous administrations and legislatures hiked taxes on Wisconsin families, property tax owners, seniors and businesses by billions of dollars. These tax increases were never enough to close the gap on the budgetary shortfalls Wisconsin was facing. Wisconsin didn’t have a taxing problem, it had a spending problem. My colleagues and I had to make some tough choices then, but Wisconsin showed the nation that you could balance a budget without raising taxes.
The decisions we made, paved the way for my colleagues and I to include meaningful tax reform for middle-income families. Working families of the 12th Senate District saw one of the largest income tax cuts in over a decade across every income bracket. Not only did we cut taxes by over $600 million, we reformed Wisconsin’s outdated tax laws, simplified our state tax form and removed Wisconsin from being one of the top 10 highest taxed states in the nation. I have always, and will always, put the taxpayer’s interests first.