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AG Schimel disputes there’s a rape kit ‘backlog’ even though 6,000 untested

AG Brad Schimel today disputed his agency has a backlog of untested rape kits, even though earlier this year there were some 6,000 stored...
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Chandler defends manufacturing and ag credit

Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler on Wednesday challenged the contention the manufacturing and ag credit has become a giveaway to the wealthy, saying the top...

Circus World makes case for being managed by state

Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm says today’s a much different time than 2013, when lawmakers rejected a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker to bring the...

Cross says he supports audit on UW campus foundations

UW System President Ray Cross told the Joint Finance Committee today he supports an audit lawmakers approved today reviewing UW System campuses and their...

Cross, GOP lawmakers skeptical on several parts of Walker’s UW proposals

UW System President Ray Cross told lawmakers Gov. Scott Walker’s budget is “the best budget the UW System has seen in a decade.” But he...

DCF’s Anderson: No ‘short-term fixes’ to poverty

Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson said today there aren’t any quick fixes to poverty and that lawmakers need to trust evidence-based...

Dems criticize Corrections as Litscher testifies at JFC

JFC Dems today hammered at the Department of Corrections, though they credited Secretary Jon Litscher for making significant progress on several issues. Litscher highlighted some...
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DOA officials defend guv’s budget to JFC as agency briefings kick off

DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel today defended the guv’s call to move state employees to a self-insurance model as Joint Finance Committee members raise concerns...

DSPS secretary says agency wants to ‘remove barriers’ to entering workforce

Joint Finance has wrapped up for the day after hearing from DSPS Secretary Laura Gutierrez, who said the agency wants to eliminate unnecessary licensing...

DWD’s Allen defends against Dem concerns that Walker’s harming workforce fairness

The Joint Finance agency briefings are officially wrapped up after testimony from the Department of Workforce Development and the Labor and Industry Review Commission. DWD Secretary Ray...

Evers ‘pleased’ with Walker’s DPI budget proposal

State Superintendent Tony Evers said today he’s pleased with Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal to add $649 million toward K-12, though he’d like some...
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JFC eyes April 3 for first public hearing, May 2 to start voting on...

Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May...
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JFC finalizes schedule for budget public hearings

The Joint Finance Committee has locked in its schedule for public hearings on the budget, kicking things off April 3 at UW-Platteville and making...
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JFC members express reservations to ETF about self-insurance plan

Lawmakers on both sides said they have deep reservations on Walker’s self-insurance proposal, questioning Department of Employee Trust Funds officials on whether the agency’s...
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JFC shoots down Stewardship purchase over price, appraisals

The Joint Finance Committee today 12-4 rejected using $346,100 from the Stewardship Fund to help buy 102.5 acres in Dane County after GOP members...
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JFC signs off on bill eliminating work permits for those 16, 17

The Joint Finance Committee signed off eliminating the requirement that minors aged 16 or 17 obtain a child work permit over Dem objections it...
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JFC unanimously signs off on bills to battle opioid addiction

The Joint Finance Committee unanimously backed a series of bills today designed to combat opioid addiction after shooting down several Dem amendments. That included one...
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JFC’s three days of agency briefings to start March 28 with DOA

The Joint Finance Committee plans to get in all of its agency briefings over three days, starting March 28 with DOA. The plan released by...

Lawmakers question WEDC’s Hogan on historic rehabilitation tax credit

Lawmakers peppered WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan with concerns about funding for a tax credit used to boost retail and develop opportunities in...

PSC’s Nowak says Walker providing ‘unprecedented level’ of broadband grants

Public Service Commission Chair Ellen Nowak said today Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would provide an “unprecedented level of grant funding” for broadband expansion. But Joint...
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Roggensack asks JFC for help in boosting judicial pay

Chief Justice Pat Roggensack made a pitch today to the Joint Finance Committee to increase judicial pay, but nix the plan Gov. Scott Walker...

Ross fields intense questioning as he defends the guv’s transpo budget

JFC members grilled Transportation Secretary Dave Ross on what many of them see as a budget that lacks the funding to meet the state’s...

Sales tax provision in Walker’s budget would benefit Kwik Trip

In response to Kwik Trip, Gov. Scott Walker added a provision to his budget that would save the company from having to collect the...

Seemeyer says DHS will seek Medicaid flexibilities under Trump administration

Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer said today the Trump administration will give states more flexibility on Medicaid "even though health care reform...

Stepp defends budget provision that cuts DNR’s magazine

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp today defended a budget provision that nixes the agency's magazine, saying that there's a “tremendous opportunity for...

Tech colleges want lawmakers to scrap Walker’s tuition freeze

Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy today asked JFC members to scrap Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed tuition freeze from the budget. The provision --...

Zimmerman pushes back against claims of low morale at King vets home

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman today disputed claims that staff morale is low at the King Veterans Home, saying staff feels they’re portrayed as...
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