MADISON (WKOW) — Governor Walkers campaign is claiming his opponent Tony Evers would raise billions of dollars in taxes if elected. An assertion Evers campaign spokesperson called “made up.”
Republican Scott Walker’s campaign released a new memo “Tony Evers’ anti-taxpayer agenda” estimating potential tax increases under some of his proposals. Their findings estimated a $7.2 billion price tag for taxpayers. But about $6.7 billion comes from Walker’s rhetoric that Evers could raise the gas tax by $1 a gallon. A statement never made by the Democrat but told reporters in August “everything is on the table,” when finding ways to boost funding for transportation.
“All we can do is go back to his words, he’s called it a lie, but that means everything is on the table,” said Walkers campaign advisor Brain Reisinger. “There’s no telling how much he will raise it and (he) needs to put a range on it.”
Tony Ever’s spokesperson Sam Lau said Walker’s campaign is “just making stuff up at this point.”
Last month Walker’s former Department of Transporation Secretary, Mark Gottlieb, called raising the gas tax by $1 “completely irresponsible.” Gottlieb said Walker is “fear-mongering” by claiming his opponent could raise the gas tax as much as a dollar per gallon.
The Governor dismissed the criticism from his former chief.
Walker’s campaign memo also criticized Evers proposal to rollback the Manufacturing and Agriculture tax credit, which eliminates the tax on income from manufacturing activity in the state. Evers wants to repeal it to help make the state’s tax system more fair for working class families.