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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Assembly to take up tax cut proposal; Senate to consider Fox Cities RTA

The state Assembly is scheduled to take up the governor's tax cut plan today with a new estimate showing one provision lawmakers added would cost three times what they originally estimated.

Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, proposed an amendment in committee last week to Walker’s income and property tax cut that would exempt from the sales tax construction components for municipal or nonprofit buildings. Backers estimated it would cut state sales tax collections for contractors by $6 million with another $500,000 coming out of county and stadium district sales taxes.

But the Legislative Fiscal Bureau yesterday pegged the cost at $20 million annually starting in 2015-16.

Today’s special session calendar includes two bills: Walker’s tax cut, which originally carried a price tag of $504.6 million, and his proposal to pump $35 million more into worker training.

The regular session calendar includes the governor's call to speed up $43 million on state highway rehabilitation projects along with two constitutional amendments. One would eliminate the treasurer’s office, while the other would require a supermajority in the Legislature to approve tax hikes.

The state Senate, meanwhile, will also be on the floor with a calendar that includes the creation of a regional transit authority in the Fox Cities.

The Senate will also take up a watered down bill that was originally intended to create a way to place on hold injunctions circuit court judges issue knocking down state laws. The Senate substitute amendment to AB 161 instead would make any injunction or other order suspending enforcement of a statute immediately “appealable as a matter of right.”


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