Democrats Rail Against Tax Enforcement Bill

Democratic lawmakers are railing against a Republican-backed bill that makes a number of changes related to tax enforcement procedures at the state Department of Revenue.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill Thursday with no Democratic support. The measure was introduced at the request of Gov. Scott Walker and is moving quickly through the process. It now heads to the Assembly.

Democratic critics say the bill makes a number of changes that makes it harder to go after tax cheats. Democratic state Sen. Fred Risser said there is no incentive for taxpayers to file their taxes because of changes made related to where the burden of proof rests.

Republican backers of the bill say the changes are reasonable and not as dramatic as Democratic critics suggest.