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Wisconsin Republicans propose $250 million income tax cut

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MADISON, Wis. (WQOW/AP) - Income taxes for the average person in Wisconsin would be cut $105 under a Republican proposal that lawmakers plan to vote on next week and quickly send to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The nearly $250 million income tax cut is the largest part of the GOP plan announced Friday.

It also would reduce personal property taxes paid by businesses by nearly $45 million and cut general state debt by $100 million.

Republicans are tapping some of the state's projected $620 million budget surplus to pay for the tax cuts.  

Representative Romain Quinn said the goal is to give that money back to taxpayers.

"'Why can't you balance your budget?' 'Why can't you get a handle on the debt?' 'When you collect more than you said you were going to why can't you give it back to me?' I think we hear that from a lot of people that are frustrated at least at the federal level. Well, at least we know in the state of Wisconsin we are going to do those things and that's what part of this package does today," Quinn said.

Quinn added the property tax cut and income tax decrease are intended to benefit future generations and help young Wisconsinites make due when they start out in the workforce.

Governor Evers' team made it clear what they think of the Republican plan - saying Republicans are breaking their promises.

“The governor's education plan provides an opportunity for Assembly Republicans to deliver on their promise to get to two-thirds funding for our schools before they take an eight-month vacation while still providing $130 million to help reduce property taxes across our state,” said Evers spokesperson Britt Cudaback. “Unfortunately, Assembly Republicans made it clear today that they would rather break their promise to the people of our state than work together on funding our schools and reducing property taxes in Wisconsin.”

Representative Jodi Emerson also criticized the plan saying Republicans are putting politics above children.

“Instead of making critical investments in education that would ensure students from urban, rural, and suburban areas have access to a high-quality public education, we see that once again the Republicans are putting politics above the children of Wisconsin," Emerson said.

Four Republican representatives were in Chippewa Falls touting the plan on Friday. News 18 was there and will have a report on their remarks during our 6 p.m. newscast.

Scott Bauer with the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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