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
- 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.
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
Speaking before the State Education Convention last Friday, Gov. Walker said he will use a portion of the surplus funds to cover the cost of the legislative proposal to increase sparsity aid $100 per pupil which is expected to cost the state about $6.4 million next year. The governor also backed the part of the bill he previously vetoed from the state budget that would raise the low-revenue ceiling from $9,100 per pupil to $9,400 per pupil next year and eventually to $9,800 per pupil by the 2022-23 school year.
Gov. Walker told convention attendees he expects lawmakers to back this legislation, which has been introduced as identical companion bills Senate Bill 690 and Assembly Bill 835. The governor is expected to highlight these bills in his State of the State speech at 3 pm, Wednesday, January 24 and urge lawmakers to approve them. AB 835 has a public hearing in the Assembly Education Committee on Thursday, January 25. SB 690 was referred to the Joint Finance Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced he is appointing Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) to the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Stroebel will replace Sheila Harsdorf who resigned her Senate seat to become Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her open state Senate seat will be filled in a special election in January.
Sen. Stroebel released a statement that reads in part: Continue reading Senator Stroebel Appointed to Powerful Budget-Writing Committee
Updated: The state Senate voted 19-14 to pass the state budget and send it to Gov. Walker after he agreed to certain vetoes to gain the support of Senate GOP holdouts Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).
Read More: Scott Walker strikes deal with Republican holdouts as Wisconsin Senate passes budget (Cap Times)