Caitlin Meilahn, a tax accountant from Waukesha County, is one of many who will benefit from recent federal tax reform. She is eligible for the Child Tax Credit, but she doesn't think she should be.
At her income level, Meilahn was never eligible for the credit. But now — because the threshold for filing jointly as a married couple went up to $400,000 — she is.
"I don’t believe anyone should, at that (income) level, need that kind of assistance, and that that kind of assistance should be really pushed down to the individuals who are really needing that kind of assistance," Meilahn said. "I think for it to have increased to $2,000 instead of $1,000 per kid is helpful for some individuals, but I don't really think that should be me."
In the upcoming gubernatorial election, Meilahn wants Gov. Scott Walker to be held accountable for what he has said and done, including his varied stance on abortion.
"Knowing what I know as a mom who’s gone through pregnancy and being pregnant now, just the things you don't know that you find out at 20 weeks when you do an ultrasound that really frustrated me."
Walker pushed for a 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin, but in a previous campaign ad, he claimed the decision to terminate a pregnancy was between a woman and her doctor.
"Knowing what I know as a mom who’s gone through pregnancy and being pregnant now, just the things you don't know that you find out at 20 weeks when you do an ultrasound that really frustrated me," she said.
Meilahn wants politicians to start bridging the political divide and actually listen to each other and their constituents.
"I think people on both sides are starting to feel that way of this is getting to be enough and we need to actually work together and do something," she said.