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Article: Huge shortfall forces Legislature to push Department of Revenue to collect

From the Badger Herald:

Wisconsin taxpayers would face more audits and revenue agents would pursue more of those who owe back taxes under a plan approved Tuesday to help close the state's budget shortfall.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 15-0, without any debate, to restore $11.8 million to the Department of Revenue's budget that Gov. Jim Doyle had proposed cutting over the next two years....

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates the effort could bring in $70 million in revenue in the next two years, making a small dent in the $6.6 billion budget shortfall the state faces through June 30, 2011. The plan needs approval from the Legislature and Doyle to take effect.