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September 21, 2007

A public statement by State Senator
Sheila Harsdorf (R €“ River Falls) about the state budget

Senate Should Act on Bipartisan
Assembly Budget Package

€œDemocratic State Senate Leadership should immediately act to avoid a $600 million dollar property tax increase by passing the State Assembly budget package.  I am encouraged by the strong bipartisan vote on a K-12 school aid bill that is basically the same as the provisions proposed by the Governor and passed earlier by the Senate. 

Seventy state representatives from both parties, including all the representatives from the 10th, 23rd, and 31st Senate Districts that encompass western Wisconsin, acted in a bipartisan fashion to meet school aid deadlines.   As importantly, the State Assembly budget package extends current property tax limits.

If no action is taken, the typical homeowner in Wisconsin will see a $200 increase in their property tax bill.  Wisconsin homeowners cannot afford inaction by the Senate Democratic leadership.€