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WI Taxpayers Alliance: Property tax cut could have been permanent

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican lawmakers officially introduced the bill to cut property taxes by $100 million over the next two years today, but a state tax expert says Governor Walker could have cut the same amount of money permanently.

Gov. Walker (R-Wisconsin) plans to cut the $100 million by first moving that amount of money into school district funding and then having those district's drop their property taxes by an equal amount.

Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, said Walker is taking a page right out of the last Governor's playbook.

"Governor Doyle did a big school tax buydown just like this before the '06 campaign, so, you can pretty much say that if a Governor has a chance and has some extra money and there's an election in the next year - they'll take advantage," said Berry.

On Capitol City Sunday this weekend, Berry says he's surprised Governor Walker hasn't taken the opportunity to make a more permanent cut.

"We've got five or six units of government that use the property tax, maybe we should just take one out of the game," said Berry.  "And the simple one would be to get the small state property tax out of the game.  The irony is, its about $80 to $100 million, which is exactly what the Governor is spending here." 

UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling is also on the show to talk about her new book on the Capitol protests of 2011.  

In the book entitled "A View From The Interior", Riseling writes that she worked well with then-Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs, but that there were some differences of opinion.

"Charles really wanted to talk everyone out and I was prepared to move the remaining 100, 150 or so out, not again in a forceful way, but in a way to get the building reopened," said Chief Riseling.  "And so, we had a little bit differing of opinion there.  Obviously he was in charge, he won out."

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW.

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