It’s Working: Four Days, Four Ways Our Reforms Have Improved Wisconsin
Day one: Putting more money in taxpayers’ pockets
Watertown… With just four days to go before the June 5th recall election, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the start of his “Four Days, Four Ways” campaign to showcase the positive effects of the bold reforms implemented over the past year and a half. Every day leading up to the election, Sen. Fitzgerald will highlight some of the positive effects that have been felt by Wisconsinites as a result of the reforms. Today’s positive effect: taxpayers in Wisconsin keeping more money in their pockets.
“When we came to Madison in January of 2011 our state finances were a mess. Years of budget deficits and fiscal mismanagement had led to tax hikes that were straining family budgets and hurting businesses throughout the state,” said Fitzgerald. “One of the first things we knew we had to do was put more money back into the hands of taxpayers, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Under Sen. Fitzgerald’s leadership, a number of key pieces of legislation were passed to help taxpayers keep more of what they earned. The biennial state budget held the line on property taxes, and as a result, the average property tax bill in Wisconsin went down for the first time in more than a decade. Act 10 gave local governments and school districts the power to take back control of their budgets, saving taxpayers more than $1 billion statewide. Long overdue changes to Wisconsin’s tax laws now allow families to take advantage of Health Savings Accounts, so that families can put more money into needed expenditures while saving on the cost of healthcare.
“We balanced the budget without tax increases or gimmicks, and made the tough decisions to get our state back on the right track,” said Fitzgerald. “Families and businesses throughout Wisconsin are feeling the positive effects of our reforms. Every dollar we save is a dollar that goes back into the pockets of taxpayers.”