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Politifact Wisconsin: The budget battle between Democrats and Republicans

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 19:30:47-04

The budget battle is just beginning in Madison with Republicans and Democrats agreeing to disagree.

PolitiFact Wisconsin digs in on one claim about the GOP's tax cutting record.

Republicans still control both chambers in the state House but they now have to wrestle with the newly elected Democratic Governor over budget priorities.

That prompted Republican state Representative John Nygren to make this claim on twitter. "Over the last eight years, we've shown that even though we've cut taxes by $8 billion, revenues continue to grow."

Let's start with the $8 billion number in tax cuts.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the tax cut figure referenced by Nygren is not an $8 billion drop in taxes paid. They're cumulative.

"So if there were a drop in taxes the first year, in the second year he adds the same amount and in the third year the same amount and the fourth year assuming that's savings for folks all along the way," Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

But did revenue grow after taxes were cut? The Legislative Fiscal Bureau tells PolitiFact Wisconsin revenues from tax collections did grow.

"The representative is correct that revenue did grow over that period while Republicans were in control, total control in Madison," said Borowski. "There was only one year when revenues did dip."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim True.