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Hansen Backs Closing Dark Stores Loophole PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 17:34

hansen-gb-rallyGreen Bay's Senator says Governor's plan understands the importance of values like fairness to homeowners, who already pay 68% of the property tax burden.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:23
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Gruszynski Applauds Plan to Close the Dark Store Loophole PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 17:06

menardsGreen Bay's Rep. Staush Gruszynski says plan would restore fairness to the property tax assessments.


MADISON – State Representative Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) offered the following remarks after Governor Tony Evers announced his plan to close the dark store loophole in the 2019-2020 biennial budget. The dark store loophole allows corporate big box retailers to base their tax assessments for operating stores on the value of vacant stores, reducing their property tax assessments and shifting the tax burden to residential homeowners and local small businesses.

staush-gruszynski“Like the majority of my constituents, I strongly support closing the dark store loophole to restore fairness to the property tax assessment process in Wisconsin. 75% of voters in Brown County voted in support of closing the loophole on the November 2018 ballot because they know that it’s unfair to allow corporate retailers to dump the property tax burden on homeowners and small businesses by misrepresenting the value of their own properties. I am proud to stand with my constituents and hardworking taxpayers across Wisconsin. I look forward to working with Governor Evers to put Wisconsin families first with a more equitable tax code.” Gruszynski said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:23
 
Budget Provision Would Close Dark Store Tax Loophole PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 16:43

menards-wiHuge win for homeowners and small businesses in Wisconsin predicted.


MADISON, WI – All across Wisconsin, large corporate retailers have taken advantage of the Dark Store tax loophole that allows them to shift their property tax liability onto homeowners and small businesses. In an effort to ensure tax fairness for working families and seniors, Governor Evers has announced that the 2019-2021 budget will include a provision to close this loophole.

jen-shillingSenate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement after Gov. Evers announcement:

“Closing the Dark Store loophole will be a huge win for homeowners and small businesses in Wisconsin. This issue is impacting municipalities of all sizes across the state and it’s one of the reasons we saw a jump in property taxes last year. Given the overwhelming public support for closing this loophole, it’s clear that Gov. Evers is listening to the people of Wisconsin and connecting the dots as he drafts the state budget. Senate Democrats welcome this new era of restoring tax fairness and protecting Wisconsin communities, seniors and working families.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:23
 
Governor Evers to Close the Dark Store Loophole PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 16:07

menardsBudget provision will help residential and small business taxpayers.


MADISON – This morning, Governor Evers announced that his biennial budget will include a provision to close the “Dark Store Loophole.” Based on a Supreme Court decision, big box retailers are allowed to base their tax assessments on their value as a vacant store rather than a store in operation. Unfortunately, Republicans ended the 2017-18 legislative session without closing this tax loophole, therefore continuing to shift the property tax burden to residential and small business taxpayers. Assembly Democratic Leader Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the Governor’s proposal:

gordon_hintz“Communities across the state asked us to fix this loophole. Local governments asked us for relief from costly legal fights against well-funded national retailers”, Rep. Hintz stated. “I am confident the Governor’s announcement today will give this effort the needed momentum to finally close the Dark Store Loophole this legislative session.”

To cite just a few examples of retailers using the Dark Store loophole to avoid paying taxes:

· Using the Dark Store Loophole, Menards reduced the value of its property in Fond du Lac, from $9.2 million to $5.2 million.

· A CVS property in Appleton reduced the value of its property from $4.4 million to $1.8 million. Local taxpayers are now on the hook for a $350,000 refund.

“Like Governor Evers, legislative Democrats want to be a partner for local governments. For too long, homeowners and small business owners have had to increasingly bear the burden of this tax shift so national retailers can receive an unfair tax break. Republican inaction, in effect, was making a decision to side with big box national retailers. The bill has had strong bipartisan support in the past. With Governor Evers’ announcement today, I am hopeful that we can close the Dark Store Loophole in a bipartisan manner this session.”

On November 6th, twenty three counties voted on referendums regarding the Dark Store Loophole. The results were overwhelming. Over 78% of voters supported closing this unfair tax loophole.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:24
 
Part One: Water is Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:01

lake-michigan-shoreFirst of three columns about clean water in Wisconsin, the importance of clean water for our biology as humans, and how our dependence on good quality drinking water warrants our greatest care.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:24
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