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
Governor Tony Evers will deliver his inaugural budget address to a joint legislative session Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. The address will be covered live by Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Here’s a primer on how the state budget process works and what will happen after the speech is done.
Continue reading The governor’s budget address and what happens next …
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.
The 16 members of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been set by legislative leadership. Each house (Senate & Assembly) have 8 members each with 6 members from the majority party and 2 from the minority party. Both houses have GOP majorities heading into the 2019-20 legislative session. Continue reading UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee
The WASB sent a memo to the Joint Finance Committee in advance of their public hearing on extraordinary session legislation on Dec. 3. The WASB has strong concerns about provisions that would require that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) must deposit all settlement funds into the general fund and further, that all unencumbered settlement funds that are currently in the DOJ appropriation would lapse into the general fund.
These concerns are based on the recognition that these provisions would formalize a process which, in our view, may violate Article X, Section 2 of the Wisconsin Constitution. That section requires that: Continue reading WASB weighs in on extraordinary session legislation relating to settlement proceeds and the common school fund
Joint Finance Committee:
- Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
The WASB supports these identical companion bills based on WASB Resolutions 2.16, 2.425 & 2.43.
- A big thank you to Tim Stellmacher of the West Bend School Board (pictured) for taking the time to come and testify in support of the bill during the public hearing (on Feb. 7) along with administrators from Mukwonago, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oostburg and Slinger.
Continue reading Committee recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill amended, advanced
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has scheduled a public hearing on a list of bills including Senate Bill 690 authored by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette). SB 690 is an identical companion bill to Assembly Bill 835 which was recommended for passage by the Assembly Education Committee last week. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1:30PM in room 412 East of the state Capitol. Continue reading Joint Finance Committee schedules public hearing on sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill