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The Latest: Walker calls for expanding home tax credit

October 1, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin’s governor’s race (all times local):

9:35 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is emphasizing his call for increasing by 50 percent a tax credit that’s available to low income older people to help them afford to remain in their homes.

Walker on Monday released a new ad touting his idea to expand the maximum homestead tax credit from $1,168 to $1,752. He also wants to increase the maximum income for people who can claim the credit from $24,680 to $37,020.

The credit is available for people over age 62 and is designed to help them afford to live in their homes.

Also on Monday, Democrat Tony Evers unveiled a host of government reforms he wants to enact, including creating a nonpartisan redistricting commission and doing away with the economic development agency created under Walker.

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8:26 a.m.

Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers has unveiled what he calls a “government for us” agenda that includes creating a nonpartisan redistricting commission and eliminating the Wisconsin Economic Development Agency created under Gov. Scott Walker.

Most of the proposals Evers outlined Monday have long been a part of his campaign against Walker. He offered few new details.

The governor was to unveil his latest policy initiative Monday morning.

Many of the measures Evers unveiled are focused on holding state agencies accountable and saving money, like reducing the use of the state airplane.

He promises to cut “wasteful spending” on road projects and state airplane use, but doesn’t say how he will do it or how much money he intends to save.

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