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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
"Blueprint for Prosperity" +
video from March 2014.
Hi, I'm Scott
Walker. The state of our state is strong and getting
stronger every day. In January, we announced that Wisconsin has a
budget surplus of nearly $1 billion. Our plan for the surplus,
we call the "Blueprint for Prosperity," is simple. Return the
the hard-working taxpayers, because it's your money. Today that
more than $800 million is on the way back in the form of property and
income tax cuts and adjustments to withholding. This is in
the $100 million property tax cut we put in place last fall.
Starting April 1st, no foolin', you'll keep more of your
money. For a typical working family of four that means an extra
in your paycheck this year. For a typical homeowner your property
bill this December will be $100 lower than last year. In fact the
typical property tax bill will actually be lower in 2014 than it was in
2010 before I took office.
That's great because we want more people to live
the American Dream. Owning a house is a big part of that dream.
in Wisconsin one of the barriers to owning your own home has been high
property taxes. Instead of the massive tax hikes we saw in the
property taxes are going down. My goal is to continue that relief
that property taxes on a typical home will be even lower in 2018.
One of our goals for improving the economy in
Wisconsin and the quality of life for everyone who lives here is to
lower the overall tax burden every year that I'm in office. With
"Blueprint for Prosperity" we've done that three years in a row.
total tax relief since I took office is $2 billion.
Now some people who live and work around the
Capitol have suggested that we should keep more of this money here in
Madison. As I travel the state each week, I don't hear many folks
outside of Madison telling me that they don't send enough money to
Madison. They don't tell me that their taxes are too low or even
they're just right. What people overwhelmingly tell me is that
best way to keep our economic recovery going forward is to put more
money back into the hands of the hard-working taxpayers.
Thankfully the days of double-digit tax increases,
billion-dollar budget deficits and major job loss are gone. We've
replaced them with massive tax relief, growing budget surpluses and
significant job growth. After inheriting a state with a $3.6
deficit we helped create a nearly $1 billion surplus. After
133,000 jobs and 27,000 businesses in the four years before I took
office, we've seen the creation of more than 100,000 jobs and 17,000
net new businesses. Unemployment is the lowest it's been since
Private sector job growth last year was the best it's been since
1990s. Our state pension system is the only one in the country
funded, and our rainy day fund, well its 165 times bigger than when I
took office in 2011.
We're turning things around. We're heading in the right
direction. We're moving Wisconsin forward.