Wisconsin assembly members roll out tax break proposals

Multiple proposals part of package presented by GOP members

Republicans from the state’s assembly are proposing tax breaks for farmers.

Some GOP assembly members stopped in Westby Monday morning to discuss the bills.

Farmers would receive up to a $7,500 tax break this year.

That’s under a bill that’s part of a fast-moving package of proposals.

The plan would fit with with Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ special session call to help the state’s struggling agriculture industry.

Republicans touted their package of five new bills building off of what the governor proposed as being “bigger and bolder” than the Evers plan.

“The property tax credit will possibly put money into these farmers pockets so they can do spring inputs and pay other bills. And actually be able to continue farming through this year,” said State Representative Loren Oldenburg.

An exports bill is also part of the proposals.

One local farmer says the need for help is not new for many farmers.

“It’s a good start. For some farms, it may be to late, but for others it is a good start. We appreciate the attention that agriculture, especially dairy has been getting,” said Tom Schaub, Westby Coop Creamery board of directors president.

The Evers proposals would cost $8.5 million dollars over two years.

That did not include a pair of tax breaks Republicans are seeking.