Wisconsin Democrats Pass Economic Development Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An economic development plan designed to spur job growth and close tax loopholes has passed the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The proposal differs from what Gov. Jim Doyle wants and is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Assembly before it adjourns for the year.

The proposal that passed the Senate along partisan lines on Wednesday included increasing car rental fees in three southeast counties to pay for a commuter rail line connecting Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.

It also includes spending $50 million more a year on building roads and closing the so-called "Las Vegas loophole" that allows corporations to create out-of-state companies to avoid paying Wisconsin taxes.

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