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ROPE lassos a legislative win

April 16, 2018—Wisconsin’s sales and use tax on services and materials furnished in mutual assistance between electric and telecommunications cooperatives became a thing of the past Monday afternoon, as Governor Scott Walker signed a reform proposal shepherded to enactment on the final day of the legislative session after a full year’s lobbying effort by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association.

Mutual Aid Bill Passes Senate Unanimously

March 21, 2018The Wisconsin State Senate voted 32–0 in favor of a bill that exempts electric cooperatives from sales and use tax for mutual assistance services they perform during disaster recovery. As the bill voted on in the Senate was the Assembly version, which passed in January; the final step for the bill is, being signed into law by the governor.       

Rope bill gets Senate committee nod  

February 7, 2018—The Senate version of a proposal eliminating the state sales and use tax on labor and materials furnished between electric and telecommunications cooperatives in mutual-aid situations was endorsed for passage this week by the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues. The vote in a Thursday morning executive session recommending passage was 5–0.

The same committee held a public hearing on the bill (SB-501) Wednesday morning and took testimony from Barron Electric Cooperative General Manager Dallas Sloan, Adams-Columbia Electric Co-op Accountant Liz Hendricksen, and Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association Government Relations

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A Solid Session

The Wisconsin Legislature on March 22 wrapped up regular business for a two-year session, in which the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association had significant accomplishments.

An early issue was Governor Walker’s budget item eliminating stray voltage programs at the Public Service Commission and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Hard work netted a 16–0 Joint Finance Committee vote to preserve the programs, so the objective expertise associated with the relevant staff positions is retained. Changes to program funding wouldn’t be unwarranted, but our work on the budget bill helped prevent deterioration.

Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News

The Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News serves as the voice of the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Founded in 1940, the publication focuses on statewide issues that affect electric cooperatives, promoting the general welfare of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives, their member-owners, and the areas they serve.

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