'Return It to Taxpayers' Pockets': Hudson's Legislators Respond to $1B State Budget Surplus

'This money belongs to Wisconsin taxpayers, said Rep. Knudson. 'Another opportunity to return tax dollars to hardworking taxpayers,' Sen. Harsdorf said.

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Dean Knudson. File photos
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Dean Knudson. File photos
Hudson's representatives in the Wisconsin Legislature reacted quickly Thursday to news of a nearly $1 billion state budget surplus

What do you think state government should do with the projected budget surplus? Leave a comment below. 

State Rep. Dean Knudson

“These numbers are excellent news, and also provide clear and incontrovertible evidence that the reforms implemented by Governor Walker and the Republican legislature are working. This money belongs to Wisconsin taxpayers, and I look forward to returning it to their pockets. I wholeheartedly support Governor Walker’s plan for a combination of income and property tax reform—this will ensure immediate relief for those who need and deserve it most.”

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf

“The latest revenue figures and the budget surplus are great news for Wisconsin residents. The surplus provides us with another opportunity to return tax dollars to hardworking taxpayers, as well as providing greater budget stability through the rainy day fund. ...

“Our state’s economic growth and the prudent budgeting by the State Legislature are continuing to pay off for taxpayers. The reforms we have passed in recent years are still working to balance the budget, control spending, and encourage economic growth. ... 

“As the legislative session wraps up this spring, I look forward to working on delivering further tax relief while continuing to focus on improving our economy and jobs climate. I am thrilled that we will be able to continue putting taxpayers first by building on the tax relief we have already enacted this session.” 

What do you think state government should do with the projected budget surplus? Leave a comment below. 

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kk January 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM
175 dollars for every resident on wisconsin Bet not another 20 dollars to the middle person and a mill or 20 the corporate slime.
Rich Petersen January 22, 2014 at 01:43 PM
This is nothing more than giving back an artificial projected surplus in order to gain favor with voters. It is not in the best interest of the state and its taxpayers. What is actually occurring, according to a report from the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance this past October, is that the state continues to grow its debt by increasingly borrowing more money with the corresponding debt service cost. This fact is further supported by the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that came out this past December which showed a $1.73 billion general fund deficit for 2012-13. This overstated exuberance is at best fool hearty and at worst simply despicable political rhetoric. Either way supporting tax cuts at this time does a great disservice to the state and taxpayers. Policies like these are exactly why Wisconsin will continue to lag behind our neighboring states that are taking a more progressive approach. Our so called local "representatives" have been lucky to serve in a region that benefits from the Twin Cites metropolitan area. This political brinkmanship needs to end. Instead of trying to influence votes they should act responsibly and be more conservative with the state's funds. Invest any real surplus that might manifest itself in job creation programs or at least pay down the debt.
Rich Petersen January 22, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Here's the link to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance October report: http://wistax.org/docs/press_releases/1308_state-budget-release.pdf Here's the link to the CAFR report: ftp://doaftp1380.wi.gov/doadocs/2013%20CAFR_Linked.pdf
kk January 22, 2014 at 04:06 PM
State government reporters throughout Wisconsin frequently cite the work and opinions of the people who run the Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Alliance, especially during budget time. And when they identify the organization, journalists almost always call it the “non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.” This is especially true for Wisconsin Public Television. If there is a question about tax proposals, the Tax Alliance is called upon to “explain” it to the unwashed. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is, in reality, a Republican (read big business) front organization, with a board made up of some of Wisconsin’s biggest Republican donors and a strategy that might have been written by Charles Sykes and the Bradley Foundation in the boardrooms of the corporations that fare so well under Wisconsin’s unfair taxation system.
Rich Petersen January 28, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Truth about the "surplus": http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2014/jan/27/state-democratic-party-wisconsin/wisconsin-democratic-party-says-state-budget-surpl/
® Cody Walker February 11, 2014 at 01:00 AM
Put your money where your mouth is and write a check for the property tax decrease, or more, to the Wisconsin Dept of Revenue. TGFSW
kk February 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
I tried but putting a minus in from of the amount only works when nopublicans write them!
® Cody Walker February 11, 2014 at 03:43 PM
So I take it you're going to accept the tax rebate, yet cry about it at the same time? Typical liberal.
kk February 11, 2014 at 04:53 PM
I repeat to write a check with a minus in front of it only works for the nopublicans. Don't expect to see one!
® Cody Walker February 11, 2014 at 06:10 PM
The correct way to do that is to write the dollar amount in ($X.XX). I see you still will not write a positive amount and return the amount you are saving thanks to Walker.
kk February 11, 2014 at 07:40 PM
I will make it easy for you either you are a nopublican and are intending to screw everyone or a troll. I will not be bought by BS>
® Cody Walker February 12, 2014 at 12:50 AM
So write the check
kk February 12, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Admitting to the last post.


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