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Thursday, October 20, 2011

 10:53 AM 

Republicans tout transpo bills; no agreement close on venture capital

Assembly Republicans touted a slew of transportation-related bills set for consideration during today's session as a way to generate jobs in the agriculatural industry.

"We're going to get to market sooner, faster and cheaper, and that will create jobs," said Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, in a press conference prior to session.

The measures include bills to extend an exemption to transportation weight limits and increasing overlength requirements for certain vehicles.

"Our surrounding states have already done this," Petrowski said. "We're not just being an island."

Republicans couldn't say how many jobs would be created by the proposals, saying they're instead focused on improving the state's business climate as a whole.

"Not every single bill that we're going to pass has a set number of jobs attached to it," said Rep. Robin Vos.

Vos, R-Rochester, added that lawmakers are not close to an agreement on venture capital legislation, saying the bill would require "an investment on behalf of taxpayers" during a period of uncertainty for the state budget.

Vos said he believes legislators will be able to reach an agreement and pass a venture capital bill yet this fall.


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