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Veterans groups unhappy about limits on property tax credit

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin veterans’ groups are asking state lawmakers not to put limits on a property tax credit for disabled vets and their spouses.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, even Governor Scott Walker’s office wants lawmakers to preserve the tax break – but its sponsors refuse to do so.

Last week, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to limit the popular veterans’ tax credit to $2,500 a year – and to end the tax credit altogether for higher-income military vets and spouses.

Veterans are asking both houses to restore the credits when they act on the budget starting next week.

The tax credits apply to the principal homes of veterans who are 100 percent disabled, plus their surviving spouses. Spouses of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan also get the tax break if they do not re-marry.

GOP finance co-chair John Nygren said he favored limiting the tax credits, so they’re available to those who really need them – and to make it consistent with other tax credit programs.

But Jason Johns of the Wisconsin Military Order of the Purple Heart says there’s a problem with the $2,500 limit because property taxes vary widely throughout the state.

Al LaBelle of the Disabled American Veterans told the State Journal it’s, “shameful” to balance the budget on the backs of disabled veterans.