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GOP Tax Plan Hurts Middle Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Sunday, 19 November 2017 11:39

money-behind-politicsCongressional Republicans pass tax bill that favors top 1%. Proof is in how the savings of new tax brackets trade off against lost deductions for the middle class taxpayer.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:13
Gov Walker Supports Raising Taxes On People Making Under $75,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:20

RyanHouse tax bill, set for a vote Thursday, will raise taxes, gives breaks to wealthy elite.

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker published a column endorsing the national Republican tax reform scheme, even as Sen. Ron Johnson says he is a no vote due to how the bill treats pass-through businesses such as the one he owned and continues to benefit from.

Democrats oppose both House and Senate versions of the bills because we know how hard it is for families, retirees, teachers, student-loan borrowers, students and people making less than $75,000 who on average will receive a tax increase.

“Democrats believe in fairness. Giving a handout to the wealthy so that taxes can be raised on people already struggling is not the American way and certainly not what Democrats are going to sit by and watch happen,” stressed Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning.

scott-walker“Under Scott Walker’s failed governance, Wisconsin has been the test lab for these destructive and discredited Republican schemes,” continued Laning. “At the same time that giveaways were doled out to wealthy and large corporations, we saw some of the biggest cuts in our state’s history to our public education system and our communities. Just as Republican tax schemes were bad for Wisconsinites, the current GOP plan he praises will be bad for all of America.”

donald-trumpThe Republican tax plan gives a huge tax break to big businesses and the wealthiest 1% all while raising taxes on millions of middle-class families. Scrambling to accomplish a single item on their legislative agenda, after feuding, fighting and failing all year, Congressional Republicans are expected to rush this plan through as quickly as possible.

Early in his tenure, Walker and legislative Republicans passed a tax plan which gave the wealthiest corporations a huge tax giveaway while nearly wiping out these businesses’ tax liability. Over a seven year period, the credit is estimated to cost the state $805 million. Walker recently showed his support for the tax plan in an opinion column published in the Journal Sentinel.

“By endorsing this tax scam, Walker has told Wisconsinites that he still believes in failed economic theories and will run Wisconsin further into the ditch if he continues to be governor,” added Laning.

The GOP’s tax plan repeals the estate tax, which solely benefits the super-wealthy. To pay for this enormous transfer of wealth from the middle-class to billionaires and wealthy corporations, the Republican budget would make devastating cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, education funding, and other services.

To further fund the giveaway, Republicans are now pushing to take health care away from 13 million people. In contrast, Democrats believe in health care for all. Democrats also believe that any tax reform should not give another penny to the wealthy, whose taxes Republicans routinely fight to lower. #NotOnePenny

“Republicans have admitted this plan was written with their rich donors in mind, not the millions of Americans who depend on services that will be cut, not the 13 million Americans who may lose their health insurance and not the middle-class family who will see their taxes increase as they struggle to save, take a vacation, pay off student loan debt or pay for health care.

“Wisconsinites deserve a fair and equitable tax system. Republicans have said that it’s ‘very hard’ not to give tax cuts to the wealthy, but if you ask Democrats, it’s pretty simple. Give every person the tools to achieve economic security and prosperity, not just those who already have the decks stacked for their success.”

GOP Tax Scam Gets Even Worse, Johnson Opposes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 10:31

ryan-trump-tax-scamNew Changes Would End Of Health Insurance Coverage For 13 Million Americans, Spike Consumer Costs by 10%, Hike Taxes For Nearly 1-in-3 Wisconsinites. Corporations get across the board, permanent cuts, while middle-class families face tax hikes.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 November 2017 11:08
GOP Healthcare Proposal Goes From Bad To Worse PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Friday, 22 September 2017 14:13

americanhealthcareactAmericans left uninsured could increase to 32 million.

MADISON, WI – Despite overwhelming opposition from working families, medical experts and healthcare advocates, Congressional Republicans are making another attempt to dismantle health care coverage for millions of Americans. The Graham-Cassidy bill would raise premiums, limit coverage and enact an age tax on older Americans.

jennifer-shilling“Congressional Republicans seem to be competing for a healthcare bill that can do the most damage to working families,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Their proposals have gone from bad to worse with the latest Graham-Cassidy proposal. This bill further favors special interests, cuts taxes for the wealthy and raises out-of-pocket costs on working families and seniors.”

“Despite bipartisan opposition from Governors across the country, it is a slap in the face to families already struggling with difficult illnesses and costly treatments that Gov. Walker has expressed support for this dangerous plan. Wisconsin families suffering from serious illnesses, individuals with preexisting conditions and older adults living on a fixed income will lose coverage through no fault of their own.”

Based off of data from the Congressional Budget Office and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Center for American Progress predicts that 32 million Americans could lose their health care coverage by 2027. Additionally, at least 414,000 Wisconsin residents are at risk for losing coverage under the Republican plan. Thousands more will face increased costs and reduced coverage of vital health services.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:55
Sen. Johnson Doesn't "Have a Clue What We're Going To Be Voting On," Votes Anyway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:16

ron-johnsonSenator Ron Johnson isn't listening to the people he represents by voting to advance the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

MADISON - After weeks of playing coy, Senator Ron Johnson today cast one of the last two votes to move forward with debate on the latest disastrous Trumpcare idea to repeal the Affordable Care Act without any plan to protect the health insurance of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Wisconsin families.

When Senator Ron Johnson woke up this morning, he had no idea what version of the bill he would ultimately be voting for. Ahead of the vote, Senator Johnson told reporters on Capitol Hill, “I don't have a clue what we're gonna be voting on." Yet, Senator Ron Johnson still voted to continue the process to take away health care from up to 32 million people.

Senator Ron Johnson isn't listening to the people he represents by voting to advance the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and strip health care insurance away from hard working Wisconsin families," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby. "Republicans must stop abandoning everyday families. Instead, they should work with Democrats on a bill that abandons repeal, abandons cuts to Medicaid, abandons tax cuts for the wealthy, and is done in regular order and not behind closed doors."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:23
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