Governor Evers Vetoes Repeal of Personal Property Tax

Date: July 14, 2021

Legislation that would have repealed the personal property tax has been vetoed by Governor Tony Evers.

Legislation that would have repealed the personal property tax has been vetoed by Governor Tony Evers.

 

Assembly Bill 191, strongly supported by NFIB, was approved by the Assembly with bipartisan support (64-34) and passed the Senate (20-12).

 

Governor Evers, however, said he “objected to the unusual and haphazard process by which the Legislature pursued the repeal …”

 

However, according to the Governor’s veto message, “He welcomed additional legislative action to meaningfully address his objections and urged the Legislature to pass a new bill …”

 

Senator Duey Stroebel, co-author of the legislation said, “The Governor’s decision to veto bipartisan legislation repealing Wisconsin’s antiquated personal property tax is an attack on the small businesses who suffer the most under this inefficient tax policy.”

 

Representative Dan Knodl, lead author of the legislation in the Assembly, described the Governor’s veto as “backwards and out of touch.”

 

NFIB, a leading proponent of the legislation to repeal the tax, said the Governor’s veto was deeply disappointing but would continue to work toward eliminating the tax and pledged to work with the administration, the Legislature, and Department of Revenue toward a consensus that will address the concerns of the Governor.

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