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Lawmakers vote to forgive fallen soldiers' taxes

The Wisconsin Senate and Assembly have both voted unanimously to forgive state income taxes for military troops killed in combat.

The approval came after the father of a Dodge County soldier killed in Afghanistan said he was shocked that the state would not forgive his son's taxes on his military income.

The IRS forgave the soldier's federal taxes. Assembly Republican Mark Born of Beaver Dam told his colleagues quote, "Nothing further is needed from soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice."

State taxes would be forgiven for the year in which a soldier or Marine dies, plus the year before. It would also reduce the taxes on the soldiers' estates. The measure now goes to Governor Scott Walker.