by WSAU's Terry Pezl
MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) - Local business owners who attended a state budget update in Marshfield on Tuesday think Wisconsin’s business climate seems to be improving, but that the proposed budget is a mixed bag.
Larry Hutchinson is with Pearce Companies LLC and says it’s a business-friendly budget, but that it has too much pork in it. According to Hutchinson, “The parts that are especially egregious as far as I’m concerned are the 50-some items that the legislators pulled from the budget that the Governor wanted in, but then they turn around and add 58 or so items of their own back into the budget, so really we’d gain no ground.”
Todd Berry, President of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, was the featured speaker and said that while the new budget is generally sound, he’s worried that the state’s recent economic progress might be hard to maintain.
The proposed state budget includes $654 million in income tax cuts, and continued tax relief for manufacturing and agricultural employers with a total tax relief program that approaches $I billion.The event was hosted by the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.