Burke Says She Wouldn’t Raise Taxes On Wealthy

Democratic Candidate Says She'd Instead Look To Reduce 'Waste And Fraud' And Grow Economy


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said on Monday that she’ll hold the line on taxes if she’s elected, including for Wisconsin’s wealthiest residents.

While many Democrats, including President Obama, have called for raising taxes on the wealthy, Burke dismissed the idea during an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio.

“I would look at how we could save money in terms of waste and fraud and other programs that aren’t working within government,” said Burke. “But the biggest issue, and the biggest way that we are going to hold our line on taxes in the long term, is we need to grow our economy.”

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Republicans have sought to tie Burke to tax increases signed into law by former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Doyle made a similar pledge as a candidate, though he later raised several taxes, including on Wisconsin’s wealthiest residents.