MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News) Governor Scott Walker will sign a bill today to forgive state income taxes for military troops killed in combat. The governor will hold a ceremony in Mayville, the home of a fallen troop’s father who suggested the measure. 24-year-old Army Lieutenant David Johnson was killed last year in Afghanistan. His father Andrew said he was shocked that the state would not forgive his son’s income taxes, after the federal government forgave what David owed the I-R-S.
Andrew Johnson asked his representatives to propose the tax forgiveness – and on May 14th, it was approved unanimously in both the Assembly and the Senate. The new law will forgive state income taxes for the year in which a soldier or Marine dies, plus the year before.
About 150 Wisconsin troops have died in combat since the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001.