Senator says Wisconsin budget bill supports ag, rural communities

A Wisconsin state senator says the state budget bill now awaiting the Governor’s signature has funding important to agriculture and rural communities.

Republican Patrick Testin from Stevens Point tells Brownfield this budget funds the new 150-million-dollar Agricultural Roads Improvement Act signed by Governor Tony Evers last week and more. “On top of that, there was an additional 100-million-dollars invested into the L-RIP Supplemental Program, the Local Road Improvement Program which has been very successful.”

And Testin says this budget provides significant tax relief. “The largest income tax cut in state history, 3.5 billion dollars. We eliminated the personal property tax, and on top of that, we are keeping property taxes level.”

 Testin says the budget calls for 1.6 million more for the state’s meat processor grants and an additional one million for the dairy processor grants, two million for the nitrogen management programs, 1.6 million for cover crop rebates, two million for watershed protection grants, and 287-thousand dollars towards Ag in the Classroom.  Testin says he’s disappointed two items didn’t make the final bill. “The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (and) the (Farm and Industry) Short Course was not included. Again, I think that’s going to be another stand-alone bill.”

Testin says he’s hopeful the budget gets signed without Governor Evers using his line-item veto authority.

Democrats were highly critical of the budget bill for not funding several things including child care and the University of Wisconsin, calling the bill a tax break for the rich.

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