The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has completed its work assembling a state budget for the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium, which begins on July 1. In May and June, JFC held a series of executive sessions to consider various budget motions related to state agencies and programs. In the series of articles linked below, we review the motions considered by the committee during each session, including notable items that the committee adopted:
- May 6: Finance Committee Overhauls State Budget, Removing Hundreds of Policies and Resetting Spending Levels
- May 13: Revenue, Veterans Affairs, Financial Institutions
- May 20: Administration, Tourism, Ethics, Elections
- May 27: K-12 and Higher Education
- June 2: Natural Resources, Workforce Development, DSPS, DATCP
- June 8: Transportation, Building Commission, Military Affairs
- June 10: Justice, Courts, Corrections, DATCP, DNR
- June 15: Health Services, Insurance, Children and Families, Public Service Commission
- June 17: Final Motions, Taxes, Shared Revenue, WEDC, ETF
In his original executive budget proposal, Governor Tony Evers (D) included a two-year operating budget of more than $90 billion and a long list of changes to various state laws and programs. Immediately following the governor’s budget address in February, Republican legislative leaders indicated they would make significant changes to the proposal.
At its May 6 executive session, JFC took steps to more or less start over from the governor’s proposal. Then, the committee held a series of meetings to consider and approve budget motions for all state agencies and programs. With its adoption of Motion 999 on June 17, JFC completed its work assembling a state budget. In that motion, the committee adopted substitute amendments incorporating its changes to the governor’s proposal and recommended passage of the budget bill as amended.
The budget bill will now go to the full Legislature for consideration. Based on indications from the offices of the majority leader in each house, the Assembly will vote on the budget first, around June 28, with the Senate taking up the bill around June 30.