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Hamilton Political Tidbits - June 23, 2017

Since the 2001 budget, JFC has easily met the June 30 deadline to finish their budget work, except for last biennium, when they voted the budget out on July 2. This session, one week out from the deadline, legislative leadership remains in closed-door negotiations on the biggest sticking points: transportation, K-12 funding and property taxes. Despite the budget deadlock, last week JFC met and unanimously rejected the governor's proposal to self-insure state employees' health care. Below we recap the self-insurance vote and the latest legislative action in this week's Floor Report. Also in this week's Tidbits - an overview on the legislature's Special Session Opioid Abuse, Justice Gableman plans to leave the state Supreme Court, and Wisconsin's redistricting case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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2017 - 2019 State Budget

Where are we in the budget process?

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began budget votes on May 1. The committee held executive sessions throughout May and is set to take up the big budget items – transportation, education and property taxes – in June. The Committee is currently working to resolve differences between the Senate and Assembly on these issues.

Read our latest blog posts on the upcoming state budget.