ICYMI: Scott Walker’s ‘Pants on Fire’ Over Property Tax Savings Claim

Nov 06, 2013

Recent reporting from Politifact shows Gov. Walker is touting a false claim about his fiscally irresponsible plan to lessen the property tax increase contained in his budget. The independent fact checking organization gave Walker a ‘Pants on Fire’ for his claim that the typical Wisconsin homeowner will save approximately $680 in property taxes over four years. 

According to Politifact, the Walker Administration admits to using a hypothetical scenario to justify this outlandish number. Walker’s claim assumes a trend of local governments raising property taxes and is not connected to any tangible outcome of his property tax plan. Meanwhile, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau forecasts an official savings of $33 over two years for taxpayers.

“Gov. Walker thinks he can fool the people of Wisconsin into accepting his deeply flawed property tax plan,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. “Taxpayers in 82 school districts across the state won’t see any relief and our deficit will grow. It’s unfortunate that this administration would rather mislead Wisconsin families than work towards a thoughtful, bipartisan commitment to a fairer tax system.”  

Read the entire Politifact article here.