Scott Walker is out there yet again, with a new ad plying the airwaves. And today comes Politifact Wisconsin to judge whether the ad is truthful.
Walker's ad claims that his income tax cuts and property tax relief, signed into law by the Republican-dominated legislature, will result in savings of $322 for an "average family." That's for the 2014 tax-filing year.
Politifact asked Walker aides to back up the figure and was largely satiisfied with the response (you can read the whole column by clicking on the link below). Politifact gave Walker a "mostly true" rather than a "true" based on certain missing information.
The Walker claim, Politifact said, is based on an "average family" defined as four people with a median household income of $81,000. How many families do you know making that much every year? Is that an "average" Wisconsin family? Yes, according to Politifact: "U.S. Census figures show that a family of four in Wisconsin has a median income of that amount, or slightly higher. A family of four is a common measuring stick. About one in five family households in Wisconsin is that size." Ah, well, maybe 20 percent of us are going to get that $322 tax break, then.