Finance Committee, Governor Announce Public Budget Hearings

On March 10, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) announced the dates and locations of a series of public hearings on the 2021-23 state budget: Friday, April 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Wednesday, April 21 at the Hodag Dome in Rhinelander Thursday, April 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie Wednesday, April […]

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Republican Leaders React to Governor Evers’ 2021-23 Executive Budget

On Tuesday, February 16, Governor Tony Evers unveiled his 2021-23 executive budget, which spends $91 billion over two years and contains a variety of policy changes and spending programs. Here, we compiled an extensive overview of the governor’s proposal. Immediately following the governor’s budget address, a group of Republican legislative leaders issued a press release […]

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Governor Evers’ 2021-23 Executive Budget Highlights

On Tuesday, February 16, Governor Tony Evers gave his second biennial budget address and released his 2021-23 executive budget. All told, the governor proposes an operating budget of $45.4 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 and $45.6 billion in FY 2022-23. The proposed state budget adds 308.74 FTE positions by FY 2022-23 compared to FY […]

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Drug Costs, Child and Long-Term Care, and Marijuana Legalization Will be Focuses of Gov. Evers’ Budget Proposal Next Week

Governor Tony Evers will unveil his proposed 2021-23 state budget following his budget address on Tuesday, February 16. In various statements and press releases since the beginning of the year, the governor has previewed some of the policies and funding priorities that he will propose. Prescription Drug Prices On February 3, Gov. Evers announced that […]

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State Projected to End the Fiscal Year with $630 Million More Than Previously Expected

On Tuesday, January 26, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) sent a memo to the Joint Committee on Finance regarding the state’s fiscal condition. LFB expects that the state will finish the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, with a net balance of almost $1.77 billion. This projected balance is $629.5 million greater than […]

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In Third State of the State Address, Gov. Evers Calls for Unemployment System Overhaul and Declares 2021 “Year of Broadband”

On Tuesday night, Governor Tony Evers delivered his third annual State of the State address virtually via YouTube and Facebook. After reflecting on the challenges of 2020 and reviewing the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor set out several of his policy priorities for 2021. Referencing the massive influx of unemployment claims that the […]

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State’s Medicaid Program Projected to End Fiscal Year with Surplus

Despite an unexpected pandemic, Wisconsin is projected to end the current fiscal year on June 30 with a $614.8 million general fund surplus. On January 4, 2021, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) sent the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee the latest update on the overall condition of the state’s Medicaid program. In September, DHS […]

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State Projected to End Current Biennium in the Black; Next Biennium in the Red

The Evers administration announced some okay news for the state’s fiscal situation. The state Department of Administration released updated estimates projecting the state will finish the current 2019-21 biennium with a gross balance of $1.2 billion.   DOA also projects the state will take in $1.35 billion in new revenue over the course of the […]

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2021-22 Joint Finance Committee Membership Announced

The powerful budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) has new chairs on both the Senate and Assembly side for the first time in over a decade. Sen. Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green) will take the gavel for the Senate majority after Sen. Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) steps aside. Joining Sen. Marklein on […]

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Current Fiscal Year Savings Targets Announced

On July 22, Gov. Evers announced a directive for state agencies to identify $250 million in additional savings for the current fiscal year (FY 20-21). This is the second round of cuts by the administration to manage state expenditures, as state revenues are down due to pandemic. In April, the governor ordered a five percent cut to state agency […]

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