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Barnes paid no income tax, was on BadgerCare in 2018

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes speaks as he tours Giant Jones Brewery,...
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes speaks as he tours Giant Jones Brewery, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Madison, Wis. Barnes made the stop the day after launching his Senate campaign and on the same day that a ninth Democratic candidate, Milwaukee City Councilwoman Chantia Lewis, got in the race.(AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 11:38 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes paid no income tax in 2018 and was on BadgerCare as he was running for lieutenant governor.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Barnes didn’t file a state or federal income tax return that year.

Barnes was on the state’s Medicaid program BadgerCare Plus for his health insurance in 2018, but did not receive food stamps or unemployment compensation.

His campaign said Barnes tapped personal savings, including family money from an estate sale, to purchase two condos that year.

Barnes is one of 11 Democrats running for U.S. Senate in 2022. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has not said yet whether he will run for a third term.

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