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WMC’s Scott Manley on Veto Lawsuit

On Tax Day, WMC Litigation Center announced its lawsuit on behalf of two Wisconsin taxpayers challenging Gov. Evers’ 400-year veto. In the most recent state budget, Gov. Evers eliminated specific numbers in a portion of the budget bill that was meant to increase the property tax levy limit for school districts in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years. By striking individual digits, the levy limit would instead be increased from the years 2023 to 2425. WMC Litigation Center argues that the law does not allow this type of creative veto, and this action illegally increases property taxes.

“This isn’t just a $260 million property tax increase that goes on for 400 years,” said WMC’s Executive Vice President of Government Relations Scott Manley. “It’s $260 million a year and every year, an addition $260 millions gets added on to the previous year. It’s compounded.”