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Committee okays Walker tax cut plan along party lines

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - All eight Republicans voted yes, and all six Democrats voted no to Governor Scott Walker's tax plan, when it passed the Assembly's economic committee Thursday.

Madison Democrat Brett Hulsey called the half-billion dollar property and income tax cut "irresponsible," and it spends most of the projected billion-dollar surplus in the current budget like, "a drunken sailor."

But New Berlin Republican Mike Kuglitsch called the surplus "overcharged taxes" that should be given back to Wisconsin citizens.

The GOP-controlled state Assembly plans to vote on the Walker package on Tuesday, despite concerns from Democrats and some Republicans that it adds to a deficit in the next budget -- and the package is moving too fast to learn all the economic ramifications of what might happen.

Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won't ask his house to vote on the package until the Joint Finance Committee acts on it sometime soon.

Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos met with Governor Walker Thursday. Fitzgerald said the speaker and governor seem to open to changes in the package. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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