Pence touts GOP tax reform effort, praises Walker’s record on taxes

Vice President Mike Pence Thursday praised Gov. Scott Walker’s record on taxes as he touted the GOP’s efforts to overhaul the nation’s tax code, saying the model the guv created could be used at the national level.

“You’ve got a governor here who has cut taxes a bunch in Wisconsin and lots of economic growth has followed,” Pence told local business leaders, community officials and Wisconsin families at a stop in Waukesha this afternoon.

Pence, who was joined by Walker for a visit to welding and fabrication company Weldall Manufacturing Inc., was in Wisconsin to push the administration’s effort to overhaul the national tax code. He called the framework of the GOP package a “testament to the kind of policies that Gov. Walker and Wisconsin have been advocating.”

“The bottom line is tax cuts create jobs, tax cuts create growth,” Pence said. “It works here in Wisconsin, it’s going to work everywhere in America.”

Meanwhile, Walker praised the state budget, which he signed into law last week, for producing a lower property tax bill for the median-valued home in 2018 than it was in 2014. Along with other cuts in the budget, Walker has said the cumulative impact of his term in office is $8 billion in tax reduction.

“What we hope happens at the federal level is what we’ve already done here in Wisconsin,” he said.

State Dem Chair Martha Laning slammed the Pence and Walker records as governors, saying they produced lavish tax breaks that favor the wealthy.

“Today Gov. Walker will help Vice President Pence peddle a national tax cut for the rich and big corporations that was crafted by former Wall Street insiders,” she said. “In contrast, Democrats across our state will continue to fight for jobs, health care and an economy focused on the needs of Wisconsin’s middle-class families.”

Pence arrived earlier in the afternoon at the 128th Air Refueling Wing at General Mitchell International Airport, where Walker greeted him. The two spoke briefly before shaking hands, chatting and snapping photos with a group of about 100 on the tarmac, mostly Air National Guard troops and family members, but did not address the media.

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