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Raising state taxes would be tougher under constitutional amendment in Assembly

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It would be harder for a future governor and Legislature to raise state taxes, under a constitutional amendment that's up for a vote in the Assembly Tuesday.

The measure calls for a two-thirds majority in each house before sales and income taxes could be raised.

Republicans passed a law in 2011 which requires the so-called "super majority" to raise basic state taxes. But it can be always be changed by a future Legislature -- and the proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit that.

The amendment would need approval in the current legislative session and the next one, then by the voters in a statewide referendum.

Under a "super majority," 66 votes are needed in the Assembly to pass tax increases -- higher than the current majority of 50. In the Senate, it takes 22 votes instead of the normal 17 to approve tax hikes. That does not include user fee increases.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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