- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014
Take-and-bake pizza subject to Wisconsin sales tax

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Take-and-bake pizzerias in Wisconsin are now subject to sale tax.

The extra expense for pizza-lovers will be $2.7 million a year as the state collects 5 percent for every sale, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday (https://bit.ly/1loHybmhttps://bit.ly/1loHybm ).

The change results from a ruling by the national Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue had asked the board whether Papa Murphy’s should charge the sales tax on its pizzas, which are assembled at stores but baked at home.

The Westby-based SST is a 24-state organization created to simplify and bring uniformity to sales tax rules.

The board decided that take-and-bake pizzas count as prepared foods, which are not exempt from Wisconsin’s sales tax. The pizza-makers had said they didn’t because the pizzas aren’t ready to eat until they come out of the oven.

The ruling had the potential for a broad impact because states participating in the SST in some cases must adhere to uniform standards, but the board gave the states an option in this case. States that want to tax take-and-bake pizzas “need to pass legislation or adopt some sort of written policy” so businesses know what to do, said Craig Johnson, executive director of the SST.

Proposals at the Legislature to support Papa Murphy’s and Kwik-Trip convenience stores by exempting take-and-bake pizzas failed to pass.


Police warn Chippewa River inner-tubers

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Chippewa Falls police are urging inner-tubers not to float down the Chippewa River in the Frenchtown Annual Tube Float And Regatta, known as FATFAR.

Police say high water levels from recent rains have resulted in a very fast current, and Sunday’s forecast included a possibility of more rain and thunderstorms.

The department urges anyone choosing to float down the river to use extreme caution. It says rescue times for floaters in distress could exceed 15 minutes, and drowning is a very real possibility.

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says it appears lighting caused a house fire in the Village of Lake Hallie. The owner heard a loud crack of thunder about 2:30 a.m. Sunday and found the fire about three hours later. The fire was confined to the attic area.


Documents shed light on official’s departure

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Documents show that Outagamie County’s former emergency management director was forced out because of professionalism issues, not for the failure of anyone to sound tornado sirens during destructive storms last August.

In a memo in Julie Loeffelholz’s personnel file, County Executive Thomas Nelson cited “a pattern of unprofessional behavior” and management issues separate from the siren problem. He cited the use of foul language in the office, slamming down phones and screaming at subordinates.

Post-Crescent Media (https://post.cr/UEdkMDhttps://post.cr/UEdkMD ) obtained the memo and a resignation agreement that it requested under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law.

The newspaper was unable to reach Loeffelholz or Nelson for comment.

The agreement says Loeffelholz will receive her full salary and benefits until July. She agreed not to sue or disparage county officials.


Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.comhttps://www.postcrescent.com


Freight train derails in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A freight train has derailed on Milwaukee’s south side.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the train was going from Milwaukee to Chicago when 10 cars derailed around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Davis tells WISN-TV (https://bit.ly/SZ6FuUhttps://bit.ly/SZ6FuU ) that six cars contained ash, three contained clay and one car was empty. Nothing spilled and there were no injuries.

Crews are working at the scene to make any repairs and get the cars back on the tracks.

Davis says about 12 Union Pacific freight trains travel the same route every day. Other trains will be rerouted or delayed while crews clear the scene.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.comhttps://www.jsonline.com

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