DOA Suspends RFPs

The Department of Administration (DOA) procurement team has announced it is suspending all pending Requests for Proposals (RFPs) until after the transition from Gov. Scott Walker to governor-elect Tony Evers is complete. DOA said RFPs that have not reached their due date will be cancelled, with the option for agencies under the Evers administration to […]

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CMS Approves BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Wisconsin’s Section 1115 BadgerCare Reform demonstration waiver. The waiver primarily makes changes to the BadgerCare childless adult (CLA) population in the state’s Medicaid program. The changes include: Work requirements. CLAs are required to participate in 80 hours per month of community engagement, including employment, […]

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Unpacking DHS’s Budget Request

On Sept. 17, state agencies submitted their 2019-21 biennial budget requests that, in total, included roughly $2.5 billion dollars in additional funding (according to Wispolitics). Accounting for the bulk of the increase in state general purpose revenue (GPR) are the usual cost drivers – education, health care and corrections. Coming in a distant second to […]

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Agencies Submit 2019-21 Budget Requests

This week, Wisconsin state agencies submitted their 2019-21 state budget requests to Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration. Under Wisconsin’s biennial budget process, DOA’s State Budget Office and the Governor’s Office will review the agency requests and develop the biennial budget. The governor will then present his budget to the state legislature for […]

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LFB Releases Preliminary 2017-18 General Fund Tax Collections

On August 30, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the preliminary 2017-18 general fund tax collections. Overall, revenues were 4 percent higher in fiscal year 2017-18 than in 2016-17, totaling $16,144.2 million. Actual collections for 2017-18 were $18.4 million, just 0.1 percent above the amount estimated in January. Revenues from individual income taxes were 1.2 percent […]

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DOR Releases Online Sales Tax Emergency Rule

The Department of Revenue (DOR) filed an emergency rule this week related to the collection of online sales taxes. The rule will allow DOR to collect Wisconsin’s 5 percent sales tax from online sellers without a physical presence in the state beginning on Oct. 1, 2018. The emergency rule aims to bring Wisconsin into conformity […]

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EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which replaces the 2015 Clean Power Plan. A rule promulgated during the previous administration, the Clean Power Plan imposed costly regulatory burdens on power plants in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA proposed repealing the Clean Power Plan […]

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First Municipal Customer Side Lead Pipe Removal Program Approved

On Aug. 16, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the state’s first municipal customer side lead pipe removal program. In March, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Leading on Lead Act (Act 136) into law, thereby paving the way for water utilities to provide financial assistance to replace water laterals on private property containing lead.  The […]

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1332 Waiver Approved

Gov. Scott Walker announced this week that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Department of the Treasury have approved Wisconsin’s 1332 Waiver, the state plan for creating a reinsurance program for health carriers. HHS has waived the requirement for a single risk pool in the individual market under the Affordable Care […]

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Online Sales Tax Scope Statement Approved

Gov. Scott Walker has approved a Department of Revenue (DOR) scope statement amending rules related to the collection of online sales taxes. The rule will allow DOR to collect Wisconsin’s 5 percent sales tax from online sellers without a physical presence in the state beginning on Oct. 1, 2018. The scope statement says the rule […]

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