Hamilton Political Tidbits: Budget Edition – February 10, 2017

Political Tidbits: Budget Edition - Feb. 10, 2017
Hamilton Consulting Group
 February 10, 2017
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Gov. Scott Walker presented his 2017-19 biennial budget to the legislature on Feb. 8. This special Budget Edition of Tidbits covers highlights from Walker's budget address and legislators' responses. For more on the budget, visit Hamilton Consulting Group's 2017-19 Budget Issue Update page.

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Gov. Walker's 2017-19 Biennium Budget Highlights

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Governor Walker presented his 2017-19 budget. Overall, the governor's $76.1 billion budget invests in education and provides tax relief. The governor increased K-12 funding by $649 million and put $140 million in the University system, including $35 million to offset a five percent tuition cut. Balancing his other major priority, the governor's budget provides $592 million in tax relief by eliminating the state's portion of the property tax and reducing income taxes. 

Gov. Walker's 2017-19 State Budget Address: Legislators Respond

On Feb. 8, Gov. Scott Walker gave his biennial State Budget Address to the legislature. The governor's budget focused on three themes: Student Success, Accountable Government and Rewarding Work. Republicans were generally pleased with Walker's proposal, but both parties agreed that the budget did not go far enough to address Wisconsin's transportation budget shortfall

Continue reading about legislators' reactions to Walker's budget proposal.

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News Clips
Republicans resist Walker's insurance plan: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 8, 2017.
State board approves self-insurance for state workers: Wisconsin State Journal, February 8, 2017.

Utilities and Energy
Scott Fitzgerald: DNR split proposal appears dead: Wisconsin State Journal, February 9, 2017.
Higher park fees among DNR budget proposals: Wisconsin State Journal, February 9, 2017.

Scott Walker seeks more staff at Lincoln Hills: Wisconsin State Journal, February 8, 2017.

Economic Development
Numerous ways Scott Walker's budget would impact businesses: Milwaukee Business News, February 9, 2017.

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