JFC Takes First Executive Action on 2017-19 State Budget

Monday, May 1 The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held its first executive session on May 1 on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget. As with previous years, JFC typically takes up the less controversial, smaller budget items first and saves the big items – transportation, education and Medicaid – for last. Kicking off their […]

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LFB Maintains January Revenue Estimates

On Wednesday May 10, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released their revenue projections for the current fiscal year (2016-17) and for the upcoming biennium (2017-19). This May release is timed with the Joint Finance Committee’s budget votes, allowing for JFC to utilize updated revenue numbers. In their memo, LFB Director Bob Lang explained that their January […]

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Assembly Republicans Release Transportation Plan

On Thursday, May 4, the Assembly Republicans held a press conference to announce a transportation budget proposal. The proposal, authored by Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) aims to reduce the level of bonding in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed transportation budget by $300 million and to increase tax revenues to the transportation fund. Additionally, the proposal aims […]

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JFC Plans to Reject the Governor’s Self-Insurance Proposal

On Monday May 8, the Department of Employee Trust Funds submitted signed contracts to self-insure the state’s health program to the Joint Committee on Finance. This submission begins the 21-day passive review period for JFC to decide if they will act. The three-year contracts include contracts with a statewide/nationwide vendor and four regional vendors. The […]

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JFC to Begin Taking Budget Votes Monday, May 1

The legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will begin taking votes on the 2017-19 budget on May 1. JFC plans to meet once the first week of May and then twice a week until they are finished. Typically, JFC begins their executive session with the less controversial budget proposals and saves the “big-ticket” items – transportation, […]

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JFC Finishes Public Hearings

Last week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held their second – and last – week of public hearings on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget. The first public hearings took place on April 3, 5 and 7. JFC heard from agency heads at the Capitol on March 28-30.  They begin votes in executive session […]

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JFC Public Hearings Begin

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held their first public hearings this week on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget. JFC heard from agency heads at the Capitol on March 28-30, and will spend April listening to testimony from citizens throughout Wisconsin before they begin votes on the budget in early May. The hearings throughout […]

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JFC Pulls Out Non-Fiscal Budget Items, Governor Issues Errata

On April 6, the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R- River Hills) issued a memo outlining JFC budget process and starting point. The memo included 83 non-fiscal policy items that will be removed from the budget. According to the memo, these items “should instead be […]

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JFC Agency Briefings: Day Three

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) met for three days this week to hear testimony from state agencies on the governor’s proposed budget. Legislators posed questions to the department secretaries on the implementation of budget proposals and asked other questions pertaining to agency services. On Thursday, March 30, legislators heard from the Public Service Commission (PSC), the […]

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JFC Agency Briefings: Day Two

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) met for three days this week to hear testimony from state agencies on the governor’s proposed budget. Legislators posed questions to the department secretaries on the implementation of budget proposals and asked other questions pertaining to agency services. On Wednesday, March 29, legislators heard from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the […]

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