The state Assembly will act first on the state budget (Assembly Bill 56), beginning at noon on Tuesday, June 25 with the state Senate following the next day on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 am. Major changes to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) budget are not expected, but some last minute changes have been discussed amid two GOP Senators announcing they did not support the JFC package. You can follow the budget debates LIVE on WisconsinEye. Stay tuned…
One side benefit of having different parties controlling the governorship and legislature is a dramatic reduction in the amount of non-fiscal policy jammed into the budget bill. Non-fiscal item items often do not receive the attention and deliberation that a typical stand-alone piece of legislation would (some recent examples include changes to open records laws and voucher expansion). Continue reading State budget debate this week; non-fiscal policy update
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
The state Assembly sent the two-year $72.7 billion state budget to Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday, giving him just enough time to sign it before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday.
The budget passed 52-46, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the budget. The budget was not changed from what the state Senate passed 18-15 Tuesday.
The Assembly Republicans voting against the budget were Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls, Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, James Edming of Glen Flora, David Heaton of Wausau, Scott Krug of Nekoosa, Lee Nerison of Westby, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, Warren Petryk of Eleva, Keith Ripp of Lodi, Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah.
Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) was absent. Continue reading Assembly Passes Budget; Heads to Governor Walker
The committee rejected with a 12-4 vote a Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) motion to remove all non-fiscal policy items from the budget. She said items such as expanding school choice should be taken up as standalone legislation. “These are important issues and they shouldn’t be hidden in a budget,” Sen. Taylor said.
Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) disagreed, saying the inclusion of such policy items is standard practice and each item will be open to debate. “This is really the governor’s one kick at the cat,” Rep. Nygren said, “as far as introducing policies of his own.” Continue reading Joint Finance Committee Retains All K-12 Non-Fiscal Policy in Budget
Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the list of non-fiscal policy items contained within the proposed 2015-2017 State Budget. The list is comprised of items that generally have no state fiscal effect and have a policy implication. Included in the list are provisions relating to:
- Making school district participation in CESAs voluntary.
District Operations/Standards Continue reading LFB Identifies Non-Fiscal Policy Items in Budget Proposal