Committee upholds Gov. Walker’s plan on tax cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee has voted to agree with Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to freeze
a tax cut program for poor people.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday along party lines to freeze income eligibility
under the homestead tax credit at the current level rather than allow it to go up with inflation.

The credit goes to homeowners and renters who earn less than $24,500 a year. It began with the 2010 tax year and
more than 247,000 taxpayers claimed the credit, costing the state $128 million.

Freezing the qualifying income level at current levels would save the state $13.6 million over two years.

Democrats objected to the move, saying it hurts poor people but they failed in an attempt to undo Walker’s
proposal.