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Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says income tax elimination would "kill jobs"

Mary Burke (photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Mary Burke (photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says it will be a long time before he decides how he would cut taxes in next year's state budget.  

But his only major election challenger says that if Walker goes ahead with one of his options -- trashing the income tax -- 80 percent of Wisconsinites would pay more in total taxes.  

Democrat Mary Burke tells WisPolitics.Com it would, "kill jobs." Burke said any tax break would go to upper income people who would hold onto that money, as opposed to middle-income folks who end up spending most of what they get.  

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the state portion of the sales tax would have to jump from five percent to 13.3 if the income tax goes by the wayside. Liberal groups said four of every five taxpayers would shell out more to the government.  

The former state Commerce Secretary said people would cross the border to buy things -- especially new cars, which she said would cost $1,000 more in taxes alone.  

The Republican Walker has said that he would get a lot of people's input before proposing something. If it results in a net tax hike, Walker has said he would consider exempting the sales tax from more and essential things like clothing.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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