Walker promises no property tax increases

CREATED Feb. 26, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is promising that property taxes will not increase through 2018 if he is re-elected this year.
   
Walker made the commitment during a speech Wednesday before the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
   
Walker is not releasing details of how he will do it, saying only that it will involve a mixture of spending restraints on local governments and aid from the state.
   
A property tax cut proposal Walker is pushing through the Legislature this year relies on replacing property tax money raised by technical colleges with state money.
   
A spokesman for Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke calls Walker's promise "empty political rhetoric" given that he pledged four years ago to create 250,000 private sector jobs in four years but the state is only about to get halfway there.