MADISON — Airbnb and its 3,900 Wisconsin hosts today called on Governor Walker to issue a line-item veto of a last-minute provision in the pending state budget that would allow for bans of home sharing stays under 7 days.
Laura, Spanjian, Airbnb’s Midwest Policy Director, issued the following statement:
“This harmful provision was slipped into the budget in the dead of night, without a single hearing or opportunity for public comment. The private property rights and economic lifelines of thousands of middle class Wisconsin families are now hanging in the balance thanks to this backroom deal. This is not representative government — it’s simply bad policy.
Allowing this secretive proposal to become law would significantly harm Wisconsin’s standing as a hub for pro-growth, pro-tourism and pro-property rights policies. We strongly urge the Governor to issue a line-item veto so that all stakeholders can come to the table in good faith and partner towards reasonable home sharing regulations that work for all of Wisconsin.”