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Bi-partisan, bi-state

Apart from inconvenience for workers who will have to file in two states, the end of the income tax reciprocity agreement between Minnesota and Wisconsin may have greater implications, say some lawmakers.

"There's a state border there, but we really operate as a region," said Wisconsin State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. She said ending this 40-year-old cooperative agreement could jeopardize others.

"Once you lose one, it's easier to watch the others fall apart," Harsdorf said. She said there's a lot of interest among legislators from both states to explore ways to reinstate the reciprocal agreement.

Harsdorf and a Minnesota counterpart, Sen. Kathy Saltzman, a Democrat, are inviting their peers who represent border communities from Duluth to Iowa to a "working session." The intent of the meeting is to "seek a strategy that will lead to the reinstatement of our long-standing and mutually beneficial income tax reciprocity agreement," says the invitation.

The session will begin at 9 a.m. next Monday at City Hall in Woodbury, Minn.

For more please read the Oct. 7 print version of the Herald.