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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

 5:06 PM 

Assembly passes bill extending tax credit for dairy, livestock investment

The Assembly passed a bill to extend an income and franchise tax credit for dairy and livestock farm modernization and expansion through the end of 2016.

The tax credit had been set to expire Jan. 1, 2012.

The bill passed 92-1.

Dems complained that Republicans wouldn't consider an amendment from Rep. Louis Molepske, D-Stevens Point, to include crop farmers in the tax credit program. Molepske said the amendment would allow cranberry, potato and other crop farmers to use the credit for irrigation equipment they purchase for their businesses.

Rep. Lee Nerison, R-Westby, chair of the Assembly's ag committee, said Molepske's amendment didn't come before the committee in time to be considered.

The amendment was tabled 58-36. Dems decried the decision as motivated by partisanship.

"The only bipartisanship I've seen in the first 100 days (of this session) was when I climbed into Representative Spanbauer's window so I could vote," Rep. David Cullen, D-Milwaukee, quipped, a reference to the March 10 floor session when lawmakers were locked out of the building.


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