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Monday, July 18, 2011

Walker's War On Rhetoric: Persuasively Misrepresent Tax Increases

Governor Walker is quoted as saying ...
"Under our budget, the average property taxpayer will save $700. It is my hope that savings like this will help keep more people like that custodian safely in their homes."
The JSOnline Politifact rates that statement false (7/7) -

If he meant a $700 tax cut compared to the past bills, that’s not in the cards at all. The state’s nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau projects the typical homeowner would see a $55 increase in two years compared with 2010.

And even if he meant $700 less of an increase, his assertion is not based on an apples-to-apples comparison of his budget vs. the old law. The real figure is not yet known, but we do know that the approach Walker cited was designed in a way that puffs up the "savings."


The claim, with its shorthand presentation, rates as False.

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