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Chippewa Valley Republicans introduce agriculture bills

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local Republican lawmakers were in Eau Claire Monday to introduce a package of bills aimed at boosting the state's struggling agricultural industry.

The lawmakers, Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), Rep. Jesse James (R-Altoona), Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora), Rep. Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer) and Rep. Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi) unveiled the bills at Doug Nelson's farm Monday morning.

The package of five bills would include $9 million in health insurance deductions for farmers and provide roughly $7,500 in property and income tax breaks.

Republicans are also planning to make tweaks to Governor Evers' proposals released late last month.

The governor's $8.5 million plan includes new grant programs, increased staff at UW-Extension offices and a program to promote farmer mental health services. Representative Warren Petryk said he hopes to work alongside Assembly Democrats to help the agriculture industry improve.

"Of course, the governor's team has already proposed several LRB's (bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly at the same time), so we'll be working with two of those for sure, but then we want to go above and beyond in all of those. So, I'm expecting that all of our colleagues will hopefully be very enthusiastic about this," Petryk said.

The full costs of the Republican plan is not known. Lawmakers will start taking up both sets of bills in committee starting on Tuesday.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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