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 employees to self-insurance, increases in education funding and the transportation budget. Republicans re-ignited their contentious debate with Gov. Scott Walker about how to address the transportation shortfall. Democrats asked pointed questions about DOJ’s testing of sexual assault kits, DNR’s regulation for polluters, DHS’s Medicaid funding and more. See below for coverage on each day’s JFC briefings.
Day 1: DOA, ETF, Elections Commission, Supreme Court, DOC, DSPS
Day 2: DOJ, DVA, DHS, DCF, DOR, WEDC, DOT
Day 3: PSC, DNR, WI Tech College Systems, UW-System, DPI, Historical Society, DWD, LIRC