Kleefisch discusses state issues during Antigo visit|
|Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, joined by Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler, brought their message of tax reform to Antigo Friday, part of a series of listening sessions scheduled around the state.|
Kleefisch and Chandler stopped by the Antigo Daily Journal to discuss, as she said “a whole bunch off good things,” led by the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s “Blueprint for Prosperity” by the Assembly and Senate. The two versions must now be reconciled before going to the governor for his signature.
The plan features a mix of property tax reductions and changes in the income tax withholding tables that Kleefisch said will save the average Wisconsin family $681.
“That’s money that you can put in your budget,” Kleefisch said, adding that “we’re making strides in the right direction and it feels good.”
But while the lieutenant governor was quick to point to tax reform successes, she said the larger part of her tour around the state was focused on what to do next.
With that goal in mind, Kleefisch and Chandler have been holding roundtables around the state—including one Friday in Rhinelander—asking residents what they would like to see next in the way of tax reform.
“We have found that people overwhelmingly support tax relief,” Kleefisch said, adding that the key is how to structure any changes in the code so that it helps the largest amount of people. “We want everyone to feel the prosperity that some parts of the state are enjoying right now.”
That includes the northwoods, she stressed, an area that traditionally lags the rest of Wisconsin.
Tax reform won’t just help current residents and businesses, she said. It will also attract new businesses to the state.
Wisconsin is already known for its excellent education system and outstanding work force, but it also consistently ranks high in terms of overall tax burden. Wisconsin ranks 10th in the nation in total tax collections and is 9 percent above the national average.
Kleefisch said finding the “sweet spot” between providing services and reducing taxes is key.
“We’re literally looking for advice,” she said. “This is a big and broad discussion.”
Kleefisch encouraged those interested in contributing to the discussion to visit taxreform.wi.gov.
The Antigo Daily Journal press was printing papers Friday afternoon when Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch visited.
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