In a surprise move last week, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly to fund the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program and keep the door open on the state's Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements program (PACE).
"Democrats and Republicans on the committee came together to support two programs that really support the vitality of the state's agricultural sector," Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said in a statement.
On a 15-1 vote, the Joint Finance Committee restored the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program and funded it at 90 percent of the 2009-2010 level: up to $200,000 annually.
Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, made the motion to restore the program, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, seconded. The only "no" vote came from Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend.