May 23 – JFC Passes Education Budget

The Joint Finance Committee took up the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget in their May 23 executive session. JFC Democrats presented an omnibus motion to adopt Gov. Evers’s DPI proposals. Because the motion included items already removed from the budget in JFC’s first executive session, JFC chair Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) ruled the motion […]

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May 21 – JFC Reworks Gov. Evers Tourism Budget, Approves State Employee Pay Raises

Under Tourism, JFC voted to add $1.5 million over the biennium in the JFC supplemental appropriation for general tourism marketing. The amount reflects adjustments for Midwest inflation and is an overall 42 percent increase of GPR Tourism Marketing dollars, however significantly less than the $5 million proposed by the governor. The Department of Tourism would […]

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LFB Releases Updated Revenue Projections

As the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) continued budget votes this week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated revenue numbers projecting the state will collect $753 million more in general fund taxes than previously estimated. Overall, the new projections give the state $2.9 billion more to spend in the 2019-21 budget than in 2017-19. According […]

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May 16 – JFC Votes on Property Taxes, Military Affairs, Workforce Development, Other Agencies

Under, Shared Revenue and Tax Relief — Property Taxation, Democrats moved to pass several of the governor’s recommendations to expand levy limits, including: Repealing levy limit adjustments for covered services. Current law requires that municipalities receiving new revenues from fees for services previously funded by taxes reduce their levies by the new fee revenues. Creating […]

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May 14 – JFC Approves Governor’s Clean Water Proposals, Rejects Lead Pipe Replacement Funding

Under the Environmental Improvement Fund, JFC approved several of the governor’s clean water proposals. JFC approved an additional $13.5 million in bonding for the clean water fund, an increase of $3.55 million in bonding for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP), and increased the maximum loan term for SDWLP loans from 20 to 30 […]

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May 9 – JFC Removes Key Provisions of Evers Budget

In their May 9 executive session, the Joint Finance Committee began by removing 131 major policy and fiscal provisions Gov. Tony Evers had proposed, including the removal of the governor’s plan for Medicaid expansion. (Read more about notable provisions removed.) JFC approved removing the items on an 11-4 party line vote. The committee also rejected […]

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Joint Finance Committee Begins Budget Votes

The Joint Finance Committee has begun taking votes on the 2019-21 state budget. Departing from previous sessions’ procedures, JFC is working from the previous base budget instead of the governor’s proposal. If no motions are offered on a particular area, then that item remains at the base funding level. So far, JFC has voted to […]

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Gov. Evers Requests Budget Corrections

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced this week they plan to immediately remove 131 items from Gov. Tony Evers’s budget. Also this week, the Department of Administration sent a letter to the JFC co-chairs and a letter to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau detailing several corrections the governor requests to make in his proposed budget. The […]

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JFC to Begin Budget Votes Next Week

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will meet for its first executive session of the 2019-21 state budget process on May 9. JFC will begin by removing a list of items from Gov. Tony Evers’s proposed budget, then taking up 15 relatively non-controversial agency sections. A letter from JFC co-chairs Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and […]

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JFC Holds Agency Briefings on 2019-21 Budget

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has kicked off the budget process in the legislature by holding agency briefings this week. Inviting fewer agencies than usual, JFC heard testimony from six agencies over two days. Next, the committee will travel the state for four public hearings in April, then likely begin votes in May. Meanwhile, Gov. […]

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