League in the News

  1. Dark Store Day Shines Light on Corporate Loophole

    Local municipal leaders supported by the Wisconsin League of Municipalities urged people to contact their state representatives on Monday, Dec. 11, Dark Store Day. Dark Store Day was formed from a growing concern . . . . Ben Rogers, The Press
  2. City leaders gather in Ashwaubenon for "dark store day"

    Mayors and village presidents from Brown County and the Fox Valley gathered for "Dark Store Day," a day created to raise awareness to the dark store loophole. It's a tax avoidance strategy by commercial retailers such as Menards, Walgreens, and CVS . . . Jordan Lamers, Wearegreenbay.com
  3. In Ashwaubenon, cities and villages demand legislature close dark-stores loophole

    Local leaders from Oshkosh to Howard gathered in Brown County on Monday to demand state lawmakers change a law that they say shifts property tax burdens from chain retailers to homeowners and small businesses. Doug Schneider USA TODAY NETWORK Green Bay Gazette
  4. Dark Store Day: 19 mayors speak out against tax loophole that allows some big box retailers to pay l

    Nineteen city and village mayors, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, December 11th spoke out against so-called "dark store" practices. The mayors called it a tax loophole that allows big box retailers to pay millions less in taxes . . . . Jonathon Gregg, Fox 6
  5. Village Board reschedules vote on Foxconn bills

    It may be a case of semantics, but the Village of Mount Pleasant is playing it safe when it comes to paying the bills related to the Foxconn Technology Group development project. On Dec. 4, the village’s Finance/Legal/License Committee recommended . . . Ricardo Torres, The Journal Times
  6. State GOP lawmakers seek to limit municipal powers

    State Republican lawmakers want to further limit the regulatory powers of Madison and other municipalities, including the ability to do systematic building inspections. Two bills sponsored by Sen. Frank Lasee, R-DePere, and Rep. Rob Brooks . . . . Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal
  7. Eau Claire lawsuit over development subsidies takes on statewide impact, draws in Milwaukee, Foxconn

    A lawsuit pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court involves a project in downtown Eau Claire, and its outcome will either reinforce or wipe out local governments’ main tool for financing large developments, including Foxconn Technology Group’s plant. Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal
  8. In stagnant Wisconsin communities, rising public service costs could be problematic

    Wisconsin municipalities know all too well what it means to do more with less, and they have for about the last decade. It all has to do with property tax levy limits. Emilie Heidemann, Lodi Enterprise
  9. DNR mulls 'impaired' county waterways

    Four Douglas County waterways are poised to join the list of impaired waters throughout Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the proposed list. A majority of these new listings . . . . Maria Lockwood Superior Telegram November 28, 2017
  10. Noise survey circulated to Beaver Dam police, taverns and council members

    City Attorney Maryann Schacht is looking for input from the police department, city council members and city taverns about possible changes to city noise regulations. Schacht said a survey sent to tavern owners and city officials . . . Ben Rueter for Daily Citizen November 11, 2017
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