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WI POLITICAL CLIFF NOTES: PLUMP AT THE PUMP, TAX CUTS & MINIMUM WAGE BOOST?

WI POLITICAL CLIFF NOTES: PLUMP AT THE PUMP, TAX CUTS & MINIMUM WAGE BOOST?

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers isn’t saying that the gas tax won’t go up.  But he is saying it won’t go up by a dollar.  The governor told a crowd in Milwaukee yesterday that there’s no way the state’s gas tax will go up by that much.  Though Evers says he does want to find a way to spend more on road construction across the state. 

The standoff over tax cuts at the Wisconsin Capitol isn’t ending.  Governor Tony Evers yesterday vetoed the Republican plan to use state surplus dollars to pay for a ten-percent cut in taxes for middle class families.  Evers says, instead, lawmakers should adopt his plan that uses money from manufacturers and farmers to pay for a tax cut.  The governor says that plan will be part of his budget next week. 

In other news from the Capitol, businesses and business groups aren’t running to embrace Governor Evers plan to raise the minimum wage in the state.  The governor wants to raise Wisconsin’s seven-dollar and 25-cent-an-hour minimum wage to 15 dollars.  A number of small businesses in the state say that kind of increase will either mean fewer jobs or higher prices, or both. 

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