There are many good reasons why Wisconsin is in better shape than other states as we recover from the economic shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We didn't get here by accident. I have made sure we are careful with the money you provide the state. Not long ago, Wisconsin was in the top 10 highest taxed states in the nation. Now we are out of the top ten and headed even lower. According to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, our tax burden is at its lowest point in 50 years. Thanks to our reforms, taxpayers have saved $13 billion since 2011.
Those reforms led to a significant budget surplus in 2019. I worked on a middle-class tax cut just like Governor Evers promised when he ran for governor. Unfortunately, he vetoed your tax cut, but we didn't give up.
The budget we passed and Governor Evers signed contains more than $457 million in tax relief aimed at middle-class families. We also stopped Governor Evers' $1 billion in tax hikes before they could hurt our economy. Without those reforms, our outlook might not be so rosy.
We still don't know the full effect of the economic shutdown. We will get a better picture in the months to come. However, since we were careful with your money, I believe we will be in pretty good shape to face those challenges without raising your taxes..