Budget committee set to complete work on spending plan


MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Whether to cut income taxes and eliminate sales taxes one weekend a year for back-to-school purchases are among the final pieces of the Wisconsin state budget to be voted on.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is set to complete its work on the two-year spending plan Wednesday. It will be considering Gov. Scott Walker's proposed income tax cut, as well as the sales tax holiday.

Lawmakers have indicated they intend to not cut personal income taxes and instead reduce the personal property tax that's paid by businesses on furniture, equipment and other property they own.

The Republican-controlled panel is also set to vote on a final catch-all motion that may loosen regulation of the rent-to-own industry. A coalition of faith and consumer groups on Tuesday urged them not to do that.

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