Medicaid Deficit Projected for End of the Biennium

On Oct. 2, the Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted a report on the Medicaid benefit budget to the Joint Committee on Finance. DHS projects that costs will exceed the budget by $7.9 million GPR by the end of the 2017-19 biennium, which began on July 1, 2017. The $7.9 million shortfall is due to […]

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Governor Signs Budget

Governor Signs Budget

At an elementary school in Neenah on Sept. 21, Gov. Scott Walker officially signed the $76 billion 2017-19 state budget. Prior to signing the budget bill, Walker released a list of his 99 partial vetoes of the budget. A week prior on Sept. 13, the Assembly passed the budget. Initially there was some uncertainty as […]

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Legislature Moves Closer to Budget Passage

Legislature Moves Closer to Budget Passage

The Joint Finance Committee completed their budget work on Sept. 6. All the budget motions passed by JFC were incorporated into a Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 64, which replaces the entire original budget bill (Assembly Bill 64). The Assembly passed the budget on Sept. 13, sending it over to the Senate. At the […]

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LFB Releases Preliminary 2016-17 Tax Numbers

On September 8, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released preliminary general fund tax collections for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. While the 2017-18 fiscal year began on July 1, legislators are still finalizing the state budget. LFB’s report shows positive news with revenue numbers increasing 2.8 percent over the previous fiscal […]

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JFC Passes Budget Bill

JFC Passes Budget Bill

Just before 9 P.M. on Sept. 6, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) completed its work on the 2017-19 state budget. JFC spent long days on Tuesday and Wednesday taking votes on Foxconn and the remaining budget issues: transportation, taxes, and the “wrap up” motion. Statutory language of the budget bill will be finalized in the […]

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JFC Resumes Budget Work

After a two-month break, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have resumed their work on the state budget. JFC met on August 24 and 28 to vote on some outstanding issues including Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI). JFC will meet again on Tuesday, September 5, to finish up their work, […]

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Foxconn Package Moves in Assembly, Budget Timing Uncertain

Foxconn Package Moves in Assembly, Budget Timing Uncertain

Activities in the capitol over the past two weeks continued to center around Foxconn. The Assembly pushed the incentive package through committee and a floor vote this week. After introducing the Senate version last week and referring it to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Senate has yet to take any action on the bill. […]

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What Happens First: State Budget or Foxconn?

It was a big week for Wisconsin with the announcement of Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in a new manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. The governor and Republican legislators were quick to deem the announcement as “transformational” and “historical”, praising the potential investment and job creation with palpable excitement. Meanwhile, some Democrats voiced concerns over the overall […]

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Bills of Note: Information Technology Manufacturing Zone (Foxconn Package)

On July 28, Gov. Scott Walker called for a special session of the legislature on economic development. More specifically, the special session was called for the legislature to take up the state’s $3 billion Foxconn incentive package. The day prior, the governor entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Foxconn, with Foxconn committing to investing $10 […]

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Deal or No Deal?

Three weeks after the start of the new fiscal year, the legislature may be one step closer to a budget deal. On Thursday, July 20, Assembly leadership and Assembly Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) members released a letter stating they would accept a compromise on transportation funding offered by Gov. Scott Walker. Walker’s offer would […]

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