Vukmir, Nicholson have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


State Sen. Leah Vukmir announced this week that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Fellow Republican challenger to Tammy Baldwin, Kevin Nicholson, has also signed it. But Eric Hovde, who’s considering joining the race, refused to sign it in 2012, a primary he did not win. > Right Wisconsin

Walker to announce new $122 million child tax credit


Gov. Scott Walker plans to unveil Wednesday a new child tax credit that would give Wisconsin families $100 per child annually, according to sources with direct knowledge of the governor’s plan. > Wisconsin State Journal

Checking Scott Walker’s promises to make taxes lower in 2018


As Gov. Scott Walker runs for a third term, with at least half a dozen Democrats aiming to challenge him in the 2018 election, PolitiFact Wisconsin reviews promises he made during his 2014 campaign —  including two big ones on taxes.

Rep. Sargent to revive bills aiming for ‘menstrual equity’


With women in Wisconsin paying an estimated $2.7 million per year in taxes on menstrual products, according to the state Department of Revenue, state Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is reviving two bills aimed at lowering that financial burden that impacts only women. > Cap Times

Two state tax credits help those who least need help


A state budget will be passed one of these days, and it’ll include some of the same sleights of hand that reward those who need it least. Give some credit to the politicians who pull this off, lining the pockets of the rich while claiming to help average Janes and Joes. > Cap Times

‘Dark store’ loophole a big problem for taxpayers


The “dark store” loophole refers to big box stores successfully arguing that their properties be assessed as vacant or abandoned buildings and excluding the value of the business on the property. Such victories will have dire consequences for Wisconsin municipalities as they allow retailers to push a significant tax burden onto small businesses and homeowners. > Cap Times

Critics ask: What’s the financial fallout if Foxconn fails to live up to ‘the hype’?


Since the announcement that Foxconn will build a factory in Wisconsin, the news has been full of numbers: the potential number of jobs created, the billions Foxconn will invest and the billions in tax incentives. Critics want to know which estimates will become real, as well as what happens if the numbers fall flat. > Cap Times