Sen. Marklein: State parks given tools to continue growing in state budget

Contact: (608) 266-0703 MADISON – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) moved Budget Motion #313 as a part of the Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC’s) Executive Session today to continue providing tools and flexibility to the state park system including funding for maintenance and improvements, raising the overall cap on electrical campsites and allowing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to increase fees commensurate with demand. Wisconsin is the only state with a nearly self-sufficient state park system, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. “Two years ago, I initiated a plan to give our state park system the flexibility to employ

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Rep. Nygren: Self insurance proposal continues to fall short

Contact: (888) 534-0089 Madison – On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released information that clearly shows the Group Insurance Board’s (GIB) miscalculations regarding Governor Walker’s proposal to move state employees from Wisconsin’s current fully-funded insurance model to a self-funded plan. These miscalculations inflate projected premium increases and misrepresent estimated savings. Additionally, the information from LFB confirmed that the GIB was intentionally building reserves far above their approved reserve policy. Specifically, by the end of 2016, the GIB’s reserves were $18.4 million more than the maximum medical claims target and $68.8 million more than their minimum target. “These reserves

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Rep. Gannon: Committee on Joint Finance approves budget motion

Contact: (608) 264-8486 Madison… The Committee on Joint Finance approved a budget motion submitted by State Representative Bob Gannon, R-West Bend, today that would grant the Milwaukee Innovative Network for Education (MINE) initiative startup funding for its Building Occupational Skills for Success (BOSS) program. “Throughout the hearings that the State Committee on Urban Revitalization has held, we have heard time and time again about generational poverty being one of the biggest issues that urban areas face,” said Chairman Gannon, “I’m excited to lend my support to the City of Milwaukee’s efforts to empower citizens from economically disadvantaged communities, to break

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Lawmakers debate ‘constitutional carry’ bill

Democrats and school advocates in a public hearing Wednesday blasted a “constitutional carry” bill, saying repeal of the state’s school gun-free zone law would endanger students’ safety. But gun rights advocates and GOP backers defended the measure, arguing it simplifies state law while protecting otherwise law-abiding gun owners from receiving felony charges when picking their kids up from school… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription options. Username or E-mail Password * Remember Me     Forgot Password

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THU AM Update: JFC votes to continue DNR magazine, retain half of Parole Commission

Exclusively for WisPolitics Subscribers Advertisement The Madison Club From WisPolitics.com … — The Joint Finance Committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate the DNR’s Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. But the committee yesterday approved 12-4 publishing the magazine four times a year rather than the current six. It also approved giving the DNR secretary authority t… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription options.

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Johnson open to ‘short-term’ Obamacare fix if GOP fails to reach deal

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said today he’d be open to a “short-term market stabilization bill” addressing issues with the Affordable Care Act if Republicans struggle to replace the law. The Oshkosh Republican is part of the Senate Republican group working on a health care bill following the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act. Johnson told reporters today at the state Capitol there are “real problems with the House bill” that the group will try to work out, though he gave the House GOP credit for passing a bill to address the “real mess” that Obamacare created. Johnson said

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DC Wrap: May 26-June 1

Join the WisPolitics.com DC Wrap email list here: https://goo.gl/forms/yHxSHZVenzsss1SH2 Quotes of the week Ignoring climate change is foolish and short-sighted. Inaction will limit our country’s long-term prosperity and expose our children and grandchildren to catastrophic consequences because President Trump wants to make good on his promises to Big Oil – not the American people. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan in a joint statement with Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders blasting President Trump for failing to take action on climate change, following media reports that he plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.  I haven’t seen anything that leads me to

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JFC approves giving DNR secretary authority increase some park fees

The committee approved giving the DNR secretary the authority to raise daily entrance fees at most state parks and forests by $5 and nightly camping fees up to $10 as the guv wanted. But it nixed his proposal to allow the secretary to increase the cost of an annual pass up to $10. The GOP motion, which was approved 12-4 along party lines included a series of other changes, such as: *increase the s… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription

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JFC approves earmarking stewardship funds for five projects

The committee approved 12-4 earmarking $3.4 million from existing, unobligated stewardship bonding to aid five projects. The biggest two were $1 million each for Iron County to rebuild Saxon Harbor marina and campground and for the acquisition of a 13-mile long abandoned rail corridor between Dover and Sturtevant in Racine County. The motion also includes: *up to $750,000 to the Friends of Peninsu… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription options.

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Sen. Marklein: State parks given tools to continue growing in state budget

Contact: (608) 266-0703 MADISON – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) moved Budget Motion #313 as a part of the Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC’s) Executive Session today to continue providing tools and flexibility to the state park system including funding for maintenance and improvements, raising the overall cap on electrical

Read More »

Rep. Nygren: Self insurance proposal continues to fall short

Contact: (888) 534-0089 Madison – On Wednesday, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released information that clearly shows the Group Insurance Board’s (GIB) miscalculations regarding Governor Walker’s proposal to move state employees from Wisconsin’s current fully-funded insurance model to a self-funded plan. These miscalculations inflate projected premium increases and misrepresent

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Rep. Gannon: Committee on Joint Finance approves budget motion

Contact: (608) 264-8486 Madison… The Committee on Joint Finance approved a budget motion submitted by State Representative Bob Gannon, R-West Bend, today that would grant the Milwaukee Innovative Network for Education (MINE) initiative startup funding for its Building Occupational Skills for Success (BOSS) program. “Throughout the hearings that the State

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Lawmakers debate ‘constitutional carry’ bill

Democrats and school advocates in a public hearing Wednesday blasted a “constitutional carry” bill, saying repeal of the state’s school gun-free zone law would endanger students’ safety. But gun rights advocates and GOP backers defended the measure, arguing it simplifies state law while protecting otherwise law-abiding gun owners from receiving

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DC Wrap: May 26-June 1

Join the WisPolitics.com DC Wrap email list here: https://goo.gl/forms/yHxSHZVenzsss1SH2 Quotes of the week Ignoring climate change is foolish and short-sighted. Inaction will limit our country’s long-term prosperity and expose our children and grandchildren to catastrophic consequences because President Trump wants to make good on his promises to Big Oil –

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JFC approves earmarking stewardship funds for five projects

The committee approved 12-4 earmarking $3.4 million from existing, unobligated stewardship bonding to aid five projects. The biggest two were $1 million each for Iron County to rebuild Saxon Harbor marina and campground and for the acquisition of a 13-mile long abandoned rail corridor between Dover and Sturtevant in Racine

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