AB402 — Assembly version of MFL changes, also lobbying

The Assembly version of the proposed changes to the MFL is AB402, and has been assigned to the Assembly Forestry Committee. You can track its progress here or by RSS. As of today, Government Accountability Board records [link now broken] indicate that two groups have lobbied on the Assembly bill so far: Plum Creek Timber Company, […]

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MFL: local tax shifts from new enrollments

The current version of the MFL changes moving through the legislature (SB161) would both (1) increase the amount landowner would pay to close land under the MFL and (2) shift which government units ultimately receive those closed area fees. In this post, I want to focus on (2), perhaps I’ll find time to discuss the […]

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Lawmakers eye changes for managed forestland law

The MFL changes are finally hitting the mainstream media. This article appeared in the State Journal over the weekend. [Note: The Legislative Council Study has entered the Senate as SB161.] Lawmakers eye changes for managed forestland law (WSJ) Leasing would seem to be would seem to the hot topic. I was contacted by another outlet […]

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SB161 — proposed changes to MFL referred to Senate Committee

The proposed changes to the MFL have entered the Wisconsin State Senate as Senate Bill 161 [link broken] (includes progress and link to full text). The progress of the Bill can also be tracked by an rss feed  [link broken]. At this point, the bill is in the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education committee [link broken] with no […]

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Proposed MFL changes — Implications for landowners

The proposed changes* to the Managed Forest Law (MFL), if passed as is (unlikely), would offer landowners new tools, higher taxes for new participants, and greater flexibility. Below I describe the likely effects for both existing and new/renewing participants of the proposed changes. PLEASE RECALL THAT THESE HAVE YET TO PASS–just felt I needed to […]

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CORRECTION TO FF107: Proposed changes to the MFL

Richard Wedepohl (WWOA member very knowledgeable about property taxes) found an error in the Forestry Fact 107 on the proposed changes to the MFL. He noted that I had a spurious list of the Council on Forestry’s concerns related to the MFL that I failed to check with the original. I corrected that and added […]

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