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Walker: no plans to eliminate income tax in 2013, will consider for 2015


MADISON (WSAU)  Governor Scott Walker says he won’t try to eliminate the state income tax in the new state budget for the next two years. But he plans to at least consider the idea for the 2015 budget, assuming he wins re-election next year.

Governors in Kansas and Louisiana are generating a lot of buzz with their ideas to dump the income tax in favor of a higher sales tax. But liberals say it would put more of a squeeze on low-and-middle income families, who have no choice but to spend larger percentages of their incomes on goods-and-services. The subject came up in Wisconsin on Tuesday, when Mike Huebsch – who runs Walker’s administration – answered a question at a meeting of the Wisconsin Counties Association by saying that Walker is considering a dumping of the income tax.

Today the Republican Walker said it would be down the road, if it happens at all. He said he might to want to see how the idea fares in other states.

The state sales tax would have to rise from 5-percent to 13-percent to cover the elimination of the income tax.