State Republicans defend child support proposal

CREATED Jan 14, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans are defending a bill that would reduce child support payments for wealthy parents.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Tuesday the measure would exempt income above $150,000 annually from support calculations. The bill would apply retroactively.

Former Columbus Mayor Michael Eisenga is driving the bill. He wants to get his $15,000 in monthly child support payments reduced. He has given $3,500 to the bill's sponsor, Repl Joel Kleefisch, an Oconomowoc Republican, and $7,500 to Kleefisch's wife, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and has played a key role in drafting the legislation.

Joel Kleefisch now says he plans to eliminate the retroactive clause. He says never promised Eisenga anything.

Other Republicans say the bill should be evaluated on its merits, not on campaign contributions.