Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Evers wants to send every Wisconsinite a 150-dollar check. The tax credit is part of his proposal on how the state should spend its nearly four-billion-dollar budget surplus.
In addition to sending everyone a check. The governor wants to put more money into education. He also wants to create a tax credit for child and eldercare. Republican assemblyman Rob Summerfield, though, believes that money should be used for the long term. He wants to restructure the state’s tax code.
“There’s no reason for this money to sit in Madison for a year-and-a-half while we figure out what’s going to happen in the next budget. People in Wisconsin need this money now.”
“I would want to see us do a long-term tax cut. You know, not just a one-time tax credit, that we need, you know, generational tax reform in the state of Wisconsin.”
The governor cannot unilaterally spend surplus dollars. The legislature has to sign off. Evers says giving people money now will help them deal with inflation. Summerfield says the governor can use more than a billion dollars in federal relief funds for tax credits without legislative approval.