Assembly speaker open to negotiating on income tax cut

Feb. 8, 2019

MADISON Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is open to negotiating with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over how to pay for an income tax cut both sides want.

Republicans and Evers disagree over how to pay for it. The Republican version taps a budget surplus and is scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Assembly.

Vos said Thursday that he would be open to alternatives as long as it didn't raise taxes. Evers wants to all-but eliminate a tax credit for manufacturers, a move Republicans oppose.

Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee approved the GOP plan Thursday on a party-line 10-3 vote.

They touted the plan as far superior to Evers' proposal, saying there's no need to raise taxes on manufacturers given the surplus and healthy economy.

GOP signals Wisconsin will stay in Obamacare lawsuit

MADISON One of the leaders of the Legislature's budget-writing committee is signaling Republicans won't let Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul pull Wisconsin out of a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

Kaul and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers both campaigned on pulling Wisconsin out of the lawsuit. Republican lawmakers passed lame-duck legislation in December that prohibits Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw from lawsuits without permission from the Joint Finance Committee. Kaul asked the panel last month for permission to pull out.

Republican Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling serve as committee co-chairs. Darling said Senate Republicans haven't discussed Kaul's request yet. Nygren said Assembly Republicans also haven't discussed the request yet, either.

But Nygren said Republicans still fundamentally oppose the ACA, signaling the committee will likely refuse the request.

Walker to charge at least $15,000 on speaking circuit

MADISON Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's fee to give speeches as part of a national speakers group ranges from $15,000 to $25,000.

Worldwide Speakers Group announced Thursday that Walker would be joining the company that also arranges engagements for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

Topics Walker says he can speak to include "Insights on the current political (and future) landscape in America" and "The power of faith in times of crisis."

Walker served two terms as governor, and became the first governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall attempt. He briefly ran for president in 2015 and then lost a bid for a third term in November to Democrat Tony Evers.

Liberal group One Wisconsin Now tweeted that Walker should speak on "How I Crashed and Burned a Presidential Campaign in 71 Days."


Associated Press