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Jobs bills pass Legislature, waiting on Doyle’s signature

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a package of bills designed to create jobs in the state and spur economic development.

They all now head to Gov. Jim Doyle, who is expected to sign them into law.

Democrats in the Legislature pushed for the bills to counter criticism from Republicans that they weren’t doing enough to turn around the state’s struggling economy.

One proposal expands current tax credits and grant programs and adds new initiatives designed to spur business development and retention and worker training.

Other bills would extend tax credits for dairy farmers who modernize or expand and create two additional enterprise zones where businesses can receive lucrative tax breaks.

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