Featured: Wisconsin flat tax pitch ‘the first step’

Apr 25, 2023 | In The News

The following interview featuring Chris Reader originally ran in Center Square Wisconsin on April 25, 2023.

(The Center Square) – Supporters of a flat tax in Wisconsin know it won’t happen this year, but that’s not stopping them.

Dozens of Republican lawmakers, advocates, and business owners from across the state crowded a Senate hearing Tuesday to talk about the plan that would move Wisconsin from its current progressive income tax to a flat 3.25% income tax in three years.

“This will make Wisconsin more competitive, more affordable and stronger,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu told lawmakers at the hearing.

Chris Reader, executive vice president at the Institute for Reforming Government, said tax reformers understand the reality at the Capitol. But he told The Center Square that doesn’t mean they are giving up.

“Our advice to the governor and the legislature, and what we’ll work toward in the next couple of months, is to move on the boldest plan that they will accept,” Reader said. “Whatever happens this year, and we think we will get there, that the tax bill the governor signs will be a step toward significantly flattening and eventually eliminating the income tax.”


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