Barnes paid no income tax, was on BadgerCare in 2018


MILWAUKEE (AP) – Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes paid no income tax in 2018 and was on BadgerCare while unemployed and running for lieutenant governor.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Friday that it did not file a federal or state tax return that year. Barnes is one of 11 Democrats to run for the US Senate in 2022. Republican Senator Ron Johnson has yet to say whether he will run for a third term.

Barnes’ campaign told Journal Sentinel that he quit his post as deputy director at the State Innovation Exchange in December 2017 and did not have a paid job while running statewide in 2018 The state said those earning less than $ 11,280 in 2018 did not have to. file a Wisconsin return, and the federal figure was $ 10,400 for singles under 65.

Barnes was part of the state’s BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program for his health insurance that year, but did not receive food stamps or unemployment benefits, the Journal Sentinel said.

His campaign said Barnes used his personal savings, including family money from a real estate sale, to buy two condos that year, one in Madison and one in Milwaukee.

Like millions of Americans, Lt. Gov. Barnes was a non-declarer in 2018 as he pledged to be a full-time candidate and carry his equal opportunities message to every corner of Wisconsin Barnes campaign manager Kory Kozloski said. .

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, also a candidate for the Senate, paid no state income tax for two years. Another Democratic candidate, Alex Lasry, has secured nearly $ 24,000 in property tax breaks in New York and Wisconsin that are supposed to be applied only to a primary residence. He’s on paid leave from his executive job with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Let me understand correctly,” said Irene Lin, campaign manager for Outagamy County executive Tom Nelson, another Democratic candidate for the Senate. “A candidate took advantage of an illegal property tax deduction; another paid no state tax for two years; and now we learn that the lieutenant governor didn’t bother to file income taxes.

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