Statewide Budget Hearings Draw Crowds

The Joint Finance Committee is traveling the state in an effort to give Wisconsinites a chance to comment on the state budget before the committee begins voting on specific items on April 25.

Information and video from the four scheduled public hearings will be added as it becomes available:

Thursday, April 4 at Greendale High School in Greendale

Monday, April 8 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay

Wednesday, April 10 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells

Thursday, April 18 at Baldwin-Woodville High School in St. Croix County

Senate Democratic leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Assembly Democratic leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and the four JFC Democrats – Reps. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) and Sens. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) – released the following schedule of additional hearings “in order to allow for more public input on Gov. Walker’s extreme budget plans.”

  • April 8—La Crosse. Hogan Administrative Center Gym, 5:00-6:30 pm, 807 East Ave. South.
  • April 15—Racine. Gateway Technical College, Great Lakes Room, 4:00-7:00 pm, 1001 Main St.
  • April 20—Milwaukee. MPS Administration Building, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, 5225 W. Vliet St.
  • April 22—Wausau. UW-Marathon County Auditorium, 4:00-7:00 pm, 518 S. 7th Ave.
  • April 22—Viroqua. Viroqua Middle/High School Band Room, 5:00-6:30 pm, 100 Blackhawk Dr.
  • April 23—Madison. Location TBD, 4:00-7:00 pm.
  • April 24—Wisconsin Rapids. City Council Chambers, 5:00-7:00 pm, 444 W. Grand Ave.
  • April 25—Appleton. Conference Center at Fox Valley Technical College’s D.J. Bordini Business and Industry Center, 4:00-7:00 pm, 5 Systems Dr.
  • April 27—Barron. Barron County Courthouse, 10:00 am-4:00 pm (final time TBD), 1420 State Highway 25 North.
  • April 29—Eau Claire. Chippewa Valley Technical College, 4:00-7:00 pm, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

After the JFC’s public hearings have concluded, the committee will be meeting several days each week through the end of May to take votes on various aspects of the bill. At the end of the JFC budget process, all JFC modifications to the Governor’s bill are incorporated in a Substitute Amendment and sent to the full Legislature for floor votes in each house.

The Legislature is expected to take the bill up in June and send their final product to the Governor by the end of the month. The Governor generally completes veto review within 30 days of receiving the bill before signing it into law.

For additional information on the state budget process and links to source documents, visit Hamilton Consulting’s 2013-15 State Budget resource center.