All posts by Chris Kulow

WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Republican lawmakers’ proposed changes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan would create a $1.4 billion hole in the plan over the next two years, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal bureau.

“That roughly matches the amount by which Evers wants to increase state spending on K-12 schools, in another sign that GOP lawmakers will not embrace that proposal. Republicans already said last week that they won’t build from Evers’ overall spending blueprint.

Continue reading WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan

WASB sends letter outlining budget positions to legislators

The WASB GR staff recently compiled a letter to legislators outlining K-12 education provisions, some of which have been relatively under the radar, of the governor’s budget that we support.  We focused on the provisions that were not on the list of items that the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced they were not going to consider.

As always, our positions on each of these items is based on WASB resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly.

Continue reading WASB sends letter outlining budget positions to legislators

Major initiatives in Gov. Evers K-12 budget will not be considered by budget committee

Late yesterday, the Co-Chairs of the state legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC), Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), released a memo detailing the budget process moving forward as well as the items from the governor’s proposal that will be excluded from consideration.  This list (see below) should not be confused with items identified by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) as non-fiscal policy items. Those items are marked with an asterisk* in the list below.  Reasoning for why particular items are being removed is not given. Continue reading Major initiatives in Gov. Evers K-12 budget will not be considered by budget committee

Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will soon begin formulating its own version of the state budget.  The JFC could begin taking votes on its version of the budget as early as next week.  The GOP holds 12 of the 16 seats on the committee because they hold majorities in both the Senate and Assembly.

They reportedly plan to hold executive (voting) sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the two houses of the Legislature are not meeting in scheduled floor sessions. No indication yet as to when K-12 education funding will be taken up. Continue reading Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in Green Bay on Wednesday, April 24 at UWGB.

I will say right at the start that I am probably missing people so my apologies in advance. Please contact me if you were there and I missed you so you are recognized and get the WASB board member recognition points you deserve. Continue reading Recognizing school board members who testified at the Green Bay budget hearing

Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

The Joint Finance Committee will hold the final of four public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget on Wednesday, April 24 at the the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, University Union – Phoenix Rooms (2430 Campus Court, Green Bay, WI  54311).

The hearing is scheduled to run from 10am to 5pm but may go longer if people are still waiting to testify. Although no one will be allowed to register to speak after 5pm, the hearing will continue until everyone who registered before then is allowed to speak. Continue reading Final budget hearing is Wednesday, April 24 in Green Bay

Recognizing the school board members who testified in River Falls

Thank you to the school board members who testified st the Joint Finance Committee budget hearing in River Falls on Monday, April 15:

  • Christina Kintop, Superior
  • Chris Hambuch-Boyle, Eau Claire Area
  • Dave Burke, Thorp
  • Stacy Johnson Myers, River Falls
  • Jill Gaskell, Pecatonica
  • Chrysa Ostenso, Ladysmith
  • Timm Johnson, Osceola (pictured)
  • Brooke Kulzer, Osceola
  • Victor Ambrose, Chequamegon
  • Doug Mering, Baraboo

As always, if we missed you please let us know!