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

Is Wisconsin offering to pay more than it will collect in taxes to land Foxconn? Politifact checks the numbers.


It’s been reported that Wisconsin taxpayers would pay up to $250 million a year to get the Foxconn manufacturing plant, but get back only $181 million a year in tax revenue. PolitiFact Wisconsin digs into the numbers and finds the claim is half-true, which is also half-false.

NY Times: ‘Wisconsin’s lavish lure for Foxconn’


Foxconn’s plan for a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin is certainly good news for President Trump, Gov. Walker and Speaker PaulRyan, whose district the plant would call home. But the deal comes with a heavy price tag for Wisconsin taxpayers: $3 billion in tax credits that dwarf the typical incentive companies receive from local governments. > New York Times