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Learning from the 'Fiscal Cliff'

Posted: Updated: Jan 2, 2013 06:25 PM

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – In contrast to the chaotic debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff" on display at the Capitol in Washington D.C. Tuesday night, lawmakers in Wisconsin say they expect the 2013 legislative session to be a productive one.

Inauguration day in Wisconsin is set for Monday.

"Often times people kind of keep score of what happened in the previous session, for instance if someone didn't vote for a bill or said something in committee meetings," said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D, La Crosse). "So if we can look forward, move ahead with a clean slate and not carry that baggage with us as we move into the next session, that is important."

Assembly member Scott Suder (R, Abbotsford) said watching Washington's negotiations regarding the newly-passed tax bill, which raises the tax rate on individuals making more than $400-thousand a year and families making greater than $450-thousand a year, demonstrated the importance of tackling big issues in a timely manner.

Congress had more than 500 days tocome up with the tax hike President Barack Obama demanded as part of any fiscal cliff deal – yet lawmakers went down to the wire before the bill cleared the house Tuesday night.

"While you see last minute negotiations in Washington, we're starting up front trying to find common ground with minority leadership in the State Assembly," Suder said. "We're talking and trying to find where we can find some common ground with their ideas." 

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