Democratic leader: Budget fails middle class
KENOSHA (AP) -- Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca is criticizing the new state budget that Gov. Scott Walker signed Sunday.
Barca says the budget "fails the middle class" and will make things more difficult for those sending their children to public schools, paying property taxes and counting on basic government services.
Barca says the governor is expanding private school vouchers while failing to restore all the funding for public schools that was cut in the last state budget. He also says the budget's tax cuts primarily benefit wealthier Wisconsin residents.
The income tax cuts in the budget lower the rates in all brackets. The average tax cut for all filers in 2014 will be $152, but more than half of the tax cut benefit will go to those earning over $100,000 a year.