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Thursday, March 15, 2012

 4:01 PM 

Middleton TIF bill stalls

The Assembly has temporarily withdrawn consideration of SB 440, which expands a TIF district in Middleton.

Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, called the bill one of the only good things to happen for jobs in Dane County this session.

But fellow Madison Dem Mark Pocan said the bill amounted to an incentive to lure a company one mile away -- arguing that the proposal sets a bad precedent for TIF districts and doesn't provide any new jobs for the regional economy.

Independent Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer of Manitowoc called the bill "acutely terrible" for local property taxpayers, while Rep. Richard Spanbauer, R-Oshkosh, said it would be inappropriate to use the Legislature to resolve a dispute between municipalities.

Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Kramer then moved onto a different bill, saying that leadership had questions about how the vote would turn out and "wanted to get their ducks in a row."

The chamber is now informal.

UPDATE - 4:09 p.m.: We're back, moving on to a bill relating to the duties of the Department of Safety and Professional Services.


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