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Knudson introduces constitutional amendment to require two-thirds vote for tax increases

Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson), along with Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) has introduced a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote of the Wisconsin Legislature in order to increase the state sales, income or franchise tax.

“Many of us were elected to the legislature on the promise that our first priority would be to protect taxpayers” Knudson is quoted in a statement released to the press. “Since 2011, this legislature has been largely successful in that effort and we have advanced significant income and property tax cuts for all Wisconsinites, while passing responsible, pro-growth budgets.

The news release notes that state already has a law that required a supermajority to raise sales, income or franchise taxes. The protection should be strengthened by adopting the measure as a constitutional amendment, Knudson said.

“Wisconsin’s hard working families deserve to know that the relief this body has previously put in place will never be at risk because of the desires of a simple majority,” he is quoted as saying.

Constitutional amendments must be approved by two consecutive sessions of the legislature and then voted upon by the people before becoming law.