Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett rejects federal payroll tax deferral program

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has notified the Milwaukee Common Council by letter that city government will not be participating in the federal payroll tax deferral program Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Mayor Barrett called the program a "gimmick by the current Presidential administration" in his letter.

“We should all be able to see this for what it is: a gimmick by the current Presidential administration to use another part of the Federal government for purely political purposes," the letter reads. "Workers may see short-term gains, but those are likely to be recouped from employees through increased withholding in the future. This is simply a bait and switch that will come back out of the pockets of working families after the November election is over.”

Barrett goes on to say he supports the federal government creating additional stimulus programs for families, small businesses, local governments and the public health response.

"We have seen that direct stimulus can work to keep our economy afloat and support families. The stimulus was critical to economic recovery during the Great Recession, and during the initial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic," he wrote.

You can read the full letter below. 

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