Sen. Ballweg: Joint Finance comes together to support agricultural exports and the Iola Car Show

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Madison…Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) joined her colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today to approve funding for her agriculture and agribusiness export initiative. JFC also approved its bill that raises the sales tax exemption standard for sales of entertainment admissions by nonprofit organizations.

“Rep. Kurtz and I have worked hard this session to advocate for the importance of supporting export opportunities,” Ballweg said. “Wisconsin has tremendous growth opportunities and many diverse products that we are able to offer. I look forward to growing our international footprint.

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Global Export Initiative directs the Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection, in partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, to carry out certain export initiatives of by June 30, 2026. The program includes an evaluation of its effectiveness to be reported to the legislature within five years to ensure real results for Wisconsin’s agricultural economy.

The second bill increases the standard for determining when a nonprofit’s sales qualify for the occasional sales tax exemption. Currently, if a non-profit organization sells tickets to an event involving entertainment, the sale of those tickets is not subject to sales tax if the payment for the entertainment is $10,000 or less. This bill increases that threshold to $50,000.

“This legislation was brought forward by the Iola Car Show. The auto show attracts over 100,000 guests, which is a huge economic driver for central Wisconsin,” Ballweg said. “With costs rising and events like this becoming more popular, raising this limit will help these groups continue their good work in their local communities.”

To reach Senator Ballweg with questions or comments, please call (608) 266-0751 or email [email protected]. The 14thand The Senate District is located in central Wisconsin and includes parts of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette, Outagamie, Sauk, Waupaca, and Waushara counties.

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