League in the News

  1. Wisconsin lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers

    Adults who let teenagers drink in their homes would be breaking the law under a proposal two Republican Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating. The bill would address what Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard call the "social host" loophole . . . . CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press
  2. States Challenge Retailers on Dark Store Loophole for Tax Assessments

    When it comes to negotiating fair property values, commercial real estate professionals and state officials have generally managed the process by knowing when to compromise and when to push back forcefully. . . . Donna Mitchell for National Real Estate Investor
  3. Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

    February 13, 2017 - With a resolution recently adopted by the Milwaukee Common Council, the city joins municipalities across the state, and nation, in a fight against a legal loophole allowing large corporations to massively reduce their property taxes. Graham Kilmer--Urban Milwaukee
  4. WNA testifies against Assembly Bill 70

    MADISON — Representatives from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association on Wednesday testified before the state Assembly Committee on Local Government to oppose a bill that would do-away with the newspaper publication of local government meeting minutes. March 9, 2017 - Burnett County Sentinel
  5. Reedsburg leaders participate in Lobby Day

    The city administrator and 2 aldermen from Reedsburg have made their voices heard in Madison. Stephen Compton, as well as Common Council members Calvin Craker and Jason Schulte, joined the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ Lobby Day on Feb. 22. Heather Stanek, Reedsburg Times Press
  6. Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

    January 24, 2017 - To Menard Inc., the store it opened in the Village of Howard in 2012 is worth $5.8 million — roughly the amount the Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer believes it would fetch if it were closed and sold off as an empty shell. . . Rick Romell for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  7. Few challengers in local primary elections

    February 19, 2017 When Keir Dvorachek filed his candidacy for Appleton District 15 alderman, he expected competitors to emerge. But that didn't happen. While he can rest a bit easier knowing he's alone on the ballot this spring, a challenger . . . Madeleine Behr , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
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    Mayor Esser participates in League’s ‘Lobby Day’

    February 19, 2017 Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser met with State 46th Assembly Rep. Gary Hebl of Sun Prairie and State Senator Mark Miller at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to advocate on behalf of the City of Sun Prairie. The Star (Sun Prairie)
  9. FOX 11 Investigates: Should government legal notices still be published in newspapers?

    Flip open a newspaper and you may find a section of legal notices. They've been around since at least the 1800s. "It's a system that's worked for a lot of years and it still does work," said Beth Wenzel, fourth-generation owner . . . ." by Robert Hornacek, Fox 11 News
  10. Dark Store Theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

    Local municipalities are losing millions each year, and thousands of dollars are being spent on legal fees. It's an issue that's been steadily creeping into Wisconsin -- big box stores appealing their assessed values to pay lower property taxes. Brittany Shannon, Fox 6 News
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