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Public hearing on bill slashing child support payments for wealthy canceled

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Assembly Republican Joel Kleefisch blamed, "misinformation" for his decision to pull back a bill to reduce child support payments for wealthy parents.  

A public hearing has been scrapped for Wednesday, after the Oconomowoc lawmaker received heaping criticism for letting a campaign donor write much of the measure.  

It's been reported that former Columbus Mayor Michael Eisenga was looking to reduce a $15,000 child support bill each month -- and that Eisenga has given thousands in campaign money to Kleefisch and his wife, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.  

In a statement Tuesday, Joel Kleefisch -- said his bill recognized the value of both parents in bringing up a child -- and it's an issue he intends to keep pursuing. He did not say whether he'd try to bring back the measure he withdrew Tuesday.  

Critics said the measure would take vital discretion away from the judges that handle divorce cases. A lawyer for Eisenga's ex-wife said the bill should, "never have been submitted in the first place."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)