Tax Plan Debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two major trade groups in the state are opposing the latest version of a government spending measure. That puts them at odds with the state's largest business group, an unusual split for traditional allies.

Leaders of the Wisconsin Realtors Association and Wisconsin Builders Association say they support the principle of controlling state and local government spending. But they say the Taxpayer Protection Amendment, aggressively endorsed by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, isn't the answer.

In part, the amendment would tie state government spending in 2010 to 67 percent of the growth in local property values from new construction.

The Realtor group says 67 percent is too low.

The Assembly and Senate are expected to begin debating the amendment this month.

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