Worth strong bipartisan support, both houses of the legislature have now passed Senate Bill 227, a bill that will allow contractors to directly purchase construction materials on behalf of schools and other tax-exempt clients without paying the sales tax. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
The proposal was originally included in the tax reform package of the budget by the Joint Finance Committee. However, the governor vetoed the language arguing it was “too broad” but he was supportive of the intention. In his veto message, Governor Walker encouraged legislation to be introduced with amended language.
WASB supports this bill and registered in favor of it at two public hearings. We will be urging the governor to sign it into law.