Wisconsin's fight to keep major employers has not ended with the General Motors bidding war. Wisconsin offered a $200 million package, including $77 million in tax credits, to get the GM plant Janesville running, but the automaker chose a nearly billion dollar offer by Michigan.
Mercury Marine, the largest employer in Fond du Lac with two thousand workers, is looking into a move to Oklahoma, according to media reports. State Representative John Townsend (R-Fond du Lac) doesn't know how valid those rumors are but says his bill may help retain the boat maker by stimulating the waning boat sales industry.
Townsend would like a sales tax moratorium for boat sales in the first year up to $30,000 purchases. He notes three-fourths of boats are bought by middle class families. The Fond du Lac Republican says his proposal, which will likely have at least 20 co-sponsors, has garnered attention by a national group looking to apply a similar concept to other struggling industries.