Wisconsin Gov. Evers is likely to suggest a sales tax hike
Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday he will ask the Legislature to pass allowing counties and most large cities to ask voters to raise sales tax to pay for local services like police, security fire fighting and road repair.
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Evers also wants to divert 20% of the state sales tax to fund local governments, a proposal he first introduced in his state of the state address last month. He released more details Tuesday, a week before submitting his proposed two-year budget to the Legislature.
His plan would allow Milwaukee County to impose an additional 1% sales tax, with half of the proceeds going to the city of Milwaukee, if approved by voters. All other counties could request a half percent sales tax increase. Cities other than Milwaukee with at least 30,000 residents could also ask voters for a half-percent sales tax increase.
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The plan is similar to one that Republican legislative leaders have been discussing. There is a broad coalition of cities, counties, towns, villages and others who support harnessing state sales tax revenue to pay local governments after years of stagnant funding.
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The boost also comes as Wisconsin is projected to run a budget surplus in excess of $7 billion.