RHINELANDER - You'll start paying sales tax on almost everything you buy online starting October 1.
Wisconsin is taking advantage of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to charge sales tax for online purchases. Before the decision, companies were forced to collect sales tax only if they had a physical presence in Wisconsin.
During an interview in Rhinelander on Tuesday, state Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler explained why the state wanted to start collecting these taxes.
"We think it's important because it creates a level playing field for 'Main Street Wisconsin' merchants who have been frustrated for a number of years that out-of-state companies have been selling here without collecting sales tax," Chandler said.
Gov. Scott Walker said he plans to cut other taxes to offset the new sales taxes coming into the state.
"The governor has emphasized that he wants to cut other taxes so there won't be any net tax increase on Wisconsin residents," Chandler said.
Walker hasn't announced which types of taxes will be cut.
Chandler also reminded people about a sales tax holiday for back-to-school items during the first weekend of August.
MILWAUKEE - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill that would allow all of Wisconsin to watch the Green Bay Packers.
Currently a dozen counties in northwestern Wisconsin are relegated to watching Minnesota Viking games whenever they play at the same time as the Packers. Florence County is in the Marquette, Michigan, market and must watch the Detroit Lions whenever they play at the same time as the Packers.
TOWN OF PELICAN - Twisted metal and side-curtain air bags gave a pretty good sense of how bad a crash was Wednesday afternoon, but the Town of Pelican's deputy fire chief already knew he needed to work quickly.
"Time is of the essence," Norm Peterson said.
Peterson's department got the 911 page of a two-car crash on Highway 8 and River Bend Road, about two miles east of Rhinelander, around 12:30 p.m. The cars both ended up in the ditch on the north side of Highway 8, out of traffic. Police reduced traffic to one lane while medics treated the injured, but cars were able to still get through in both directions.
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