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Correction: Power plant sales not in amended bill that passed

It would appear that sale of state-owned power plants to private owners in a no-bid process is not in the so-called "budget review" bill after all.

I qualify that because I have been wrong before, it seems, and that error unfortunately came in a March 10 post that has been widely picked up and referenced on the Internet.

It said:

There are two items in the LFB's March 10 document that are not reflected in the March 9 document.

1. The March 10 document includes a provision of the substitute amendment on the Earned Income Tax Credit (page 3, ).

2. The March 10 document includes a provision of the substitute amendment on the Sale and Contractual Operation of State-Owned Power Plants (page 20, ).

My conclusion was that the power plant sale and EITC changes were in the bill, based a report by WisPolitics on the final memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

The material above came from a Fiscal Bureau email quoted in a WisPolitics' budget blog, but I uncharacteristically didn't link to it. The Budget Blog said:

Today's document shows the Earned Income Tax Credit and the sale of state-owned power plants are in the bill; (emphasis mine) the initial memo did not include descriptions of those provisions.

It has now come to my attention that the Fiscal Bureau memo in question says the power plant language was removed by the conference committee. It also says some changes were made in the EITC provision, but after several readings I still can't decipher the real impact of those moves.

Responsibility for the error is mine. My mistake, in the crazy rush of what was happening this week, was to rely on the WisPol budget blog shorthand without carefully reading the Fiscal Bureau document myself. As a recovering journalist, I should have known enough to go to the original source material.

To say that I regret the error, and especially regret how many others relied on my report as a source, is an understatement.

If there is a silver lining, it is that the power plant sales have not yet been approved -- although that is probably a temporary victory. They are no doubt part of the remaining package that has not yet passed.

Published

March 13, 2011 - 3:49pm

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