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UPDATE: Walker says he'll look at feasibility of eliminating income tax


MAPLE BLUFF (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says his administration is taking a long, hard look at whether eliminating Wisconsin's income tax may be in the best interest of the state.

"We're starting out early," Gov. Walker (R-Wisconsin) told 27 News in a one-on-one interview at his executive residence Tuesday afternoon.  "Its something I've asked Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch to lead the charge on, to work with our Secretary of Revenue to start going around the state very slowly, meticulously going through a process of talking to stakeholders and, not only to taxpayers as a whole, but to individual employer groups out there, because any option we look at we want to make sure adds value to the economy.  We don't want to make a change in the name of tax reform and then see some part of our economy flounder."

There are seven states that currently have no income tax and two more that only tax dividend and interest income.  But Wisconsin would be the first state in the Great Lakes region to eliminate its income tax.


PEMBINE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker said Monday his administration's look at taxes includes whether it's feasible to eliminate the state income tax. 

Wispolitics.com reports that during a visit to Pembine Gov. Walker said the conversation is starting now so his administration can take time well ahead of the next budget to figure out the employers, small business owners and the public want in regards to tax policy. 

Gov. Walker made the comments at a stop for his Northern Economic Development Summit.

"That's one thing for us to look at. Is that feasible? What would that mean in terms of an economic boost? That's not only for individuals, but small businesses in this state," Walker was quoted as saying. 

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler last week had the first of their roundtable discussions with invited guests on taxes, in Beloit.

Chandler reportedly said Monday the administration could look at changes to the income tax code or property taxes. 

27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will talk with Governor Walker today about taxes and other subjects, and will have more tonight in 27 News at 5,6 and 10.


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