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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JFC Agency Briefings: Day One

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 Tuesday, March 28, legislators heard from the Department of Administration (DOA), […]

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JFC Holds Agency Briefings

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) met for three days this week to hear testimony from state agencies on the governor’s proposed budget. Legislators questioned department heads on the implementation of budget proposals, and inquired about various agency services. Both Republicans and Democrats on JFC posed tough questions on the budget’s biggest proposals, including moving state […]

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LFB Projects $1 Billion Structural Deficit Heading into 2019-21 Biennium

In a March 23 memo, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) projected the state will have a structural deficit of over $1 billion in the 2019-21 biennium. To develop this estimate, LFB used the 2018-19 base revenues and expenses and adjusts for changes in the governor’s proposed 2017-19 budget. LFB then compares the modified expenditures against […]

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LFB Releases Budget Summary

This week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a summary of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 state budget. The LFB budget summary provides a plain language detail of Walker’s budget and will serve as the guide as the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) begin their review of the budget. Following the release of the analysis, a tentative […]

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Governor’s Budget is Out… So, What’s Next?

On Feb. 8, Governor Walker introduced his 2017-19 budget. This kicks off the legislative budget process that will command the legislature’s time for the next several months. The governor is traveling around the state selling his proposed budget to the public – often highlighting his $649 million investment in K-12 education. Positioning himself for another […]

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Gov. Walker’s 2017-19 State Budget Address: Legislators Respond

On Feb. 8, Gov. Scott Walker gave his biennial State Budget Address to the legislature. The governor’s budget focused on three themes: Student Success, Accountable Government and Rewarding Work. Republicans were generally pleased with Walker’s proposal, but both parties agreed that the budget did not go far enough to address Wisconsin’s transportation budget shortfall. Republicans […]

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