It is fitting that the Governor signed a bill co-authored by local State Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Wetsby) and State Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in the warehouse of the Cashton Farm Supply since that is where the idea of the bill originated.
“Ernie (CFS Owner Ernie Peterson) called me and said he had an issue and we talked about it,” said Nerison
The problem Peterson had, according to Nersion, was that when they moved the business to its current location they were taxed on some bins used to manufacture feed because they were considered Real Estate.
“They looked at them(the bins) as part of the building,” said Nersion.
So Nerison went to work and with the help of some state ag organizations and Shilling and crafted a bill that essential “cleans up” some state regulations that were perhaps outdated, said Nerison.
Senate Bill 448 (SB 448), corrects a flaw in the state’s assessment of equipment that is used by local agricultural manufacturers like Cashton Farm Supply.
“The recent decision by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to tax certain equipment that was used in the manufacturing process unfairly targeted agribusiness producers like Cashton Farm Supply,” said Shilling. “With the signing of SB 448, we can begin to level the playing field for local businesses like Cashton Farm Supply and encourage the growth of our small family farms and regional agricultural economy,” added Shilling. “This common-sense change is a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to strengthen our local family farms and community agricultural producers.”
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