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Assembly Democrat Proposed Budget Amendments

Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, a Democratic member of the State Assembly, has identified a number of policy items included by Governor Doyle and approved by the Democratic members of the budget writing committee that he is seeking to have removed.

Rep. Ziegelbauer issued a memo to all members of the State Assembly asking for their support for budget amendments that would remove the changes to arbitration laws for school districts, eliminate the increases in the motor vehicle insurance mandated coverage levels, and delete the changes in civil liability laws. I share Rep. Ziegelbauers concerns with these policy items, as they will increase costs on working families and small businesses. Additionally, the arbitration changes will significantly restrict the ability of school districts to contain costs.

In addition, Rep. Ziegelbauer is seeking sunsets on the new income tax bracket and the increase in capital gains taxes.