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Next budget hearing is Monday; thanks to school board members who have testified so far

The Joint Finance Committee will hold the third of four scheduled public hearings on the proposed 2019-21 state budget on Monday, April 15 at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls University Center – Riverview Ballroom #260 (500 Wild Rose Avenue, River Falls, WI 54022).

Free Public Parking will be available in the UW – River Falls PAY 1 LOT (North Second Street, River Falls)

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How to submit written testimony on the budget & additional details on budget hearings

Two years ago, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held six public hearings around the state to gather public feedback on the proposed state budget.  This time around, that is down to four public hearings (Janesville, Oak Creek, River Falls & Green Bay).

We strongly encourage board members and administrators to attend and testify if at all possible.  However, if you are unable to attend to testify in person, you can still submit written testimony to the committee electronically at the following email address:

BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov

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April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing

As we posted earlier, the dates and locations of four public hearings of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC) on the state budget have been announced. Members of interest groups and the general public may testify, while testimony from lobbyists is frowned upon. These hearings are a great chance for your board to provide testimony highlighting the most important issues for your district. Continue reading April advocacy tip: testify at a JFC budget hearing

Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee typically holds several public hearings on the Governor’s proposed budget. These hearings are of two types: (1) informational agency briefings; and (2) public hearings.

According to The Wheeler Report, a letter sent to state agencies this week suggested a tentative schedule for two days of agency briefings to the JFC on the state budget as follows: Continue reading Tentative JFC budget hearing schedule floated

Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

We encourage you to join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 13 to take our message to the Capitol!  With the legislature beginning its review of Governor Evers’ budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators and build relationships and support for your schools.

As part of our morning programming at the Monona Terrace, we are once again fortunate to have a bipartisan panel of legislative leaders speak to attendees on how they see K-12 fitting into the state budget debate.  Our legislative panelists for 2019 are: Continue reading Legislative panelists set for WASB Day at the Capitol

Gov. Evers budget address set for Feb. 28

Gov. Tony Evers will release his budget plan on February 28, 2019.  This will coincide with a budget address to the legislature the same day.  As we have posted here earlier, the K-12 education portion of the budget is expected to mirror the DPI budget request proposed last fall when the governor was state superintendent of public instruction.  This will be the first opportunity to see his budget plan in its entirety and if there are any differences with the DPI request.

Following the introduction of the governor’s budget proposal, it goes to the legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC will hold public hearings around the state on the budget.  Stay tuned here for information on the public hearings and plan to attend WASB Day at the Capitol on March 13.  Advocacy will be important to build support for a positive K-12 budget.