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Assembly Republicans propose $500 million boost to K-12

Assembly Republicans today pledged to pump an additional $500 million into K-12 education, including the first increase in special education aid in more than...

Darling won’t be at Thursday JFC hearing following fall in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, won’t be at Thursday’s Joint Finance hearing on doctor’s orders following a fall last week during a fundraising trip...

Fitz, Vos still trying to determine ‘big number’ for K-12

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos today said that they were open to providing a boost for special education and...
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General fund would see $1.4B less under JFC motion

The first motion the Joint Finance Committee plans to take up Thursday would result in the general fund seeing $1.4 billion less over the...

GOP leaders looking at splitting budget into two bills to get around Evers partial...

GOP legislative leaders are considering splitting the budget into two bills -- one that would outline spending and the other containing policy -- in...
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JFC adds money to workforce development

The state would pump $12.5 million more into workforce development than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed under a motion the Joint Finance Committee approved...

JFC approves $38.4 million boost for prosecutors, public defenders

The Joint Finance Committee approved $38.4 million in general purpose revenue to boost pay for prosecutors and public defenders while adding 26.5 positions in...
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JFC approves Evers clean drinking water provisions, debates lead laterals

The committee voted unanimously to approve Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to pump more money into a program to provide clean drinking water. But the debate...
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JFC approves Evers mental health proposals, but with changes

The Joint Finance Committee largely backed a series of Gov. Tony Evers’ proposals to address treating those with mental health issues, but added several...

JFC approves GOP education plan, Dems slam as inadequate

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee approved putting an additional $500 million into K-12 education over the next two years as Dems slammed the...
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JFC approves pulling Medicaid expansion, other provisions from Evers budget

The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to wipe out some of the pillars of Dem Tony Evers’ budget, including an expansion of Medicaid,...

JFC approves wage hikes for state employees, extra boost for prison guards

The Joint Finance Committee signed off on Tony Evers’ plan to give state and UW System employees raises of 2 percent in each of...

JFC cuts in half Evers funding increase for UW System

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted Tuesday to add another two years to the freeze on tuition for in-state undergraduates at the UW...

JFC nixes Evers’ call to create new bureau for DNR scientists

Joint Finance Committee Republicans rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ call to create a new bureau to house the DNR’s scientists while approving two of the...
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JFC nixes state aid increase to munis after pulling Evers plan to relax property...

The Joint Finance Committee rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ call to give municipalities a $15.1 million boost in state aid during the second year of...
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JFC pares back new positions, rejects $1 million for Census count

The Joint Finance Committee pared back some of the new positions Gov. Tony Evers had proposed and wiped out the $1 million he wanted...
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JFC Republicans approve $25M tech college boost, Dems wanted more

The Joint Finance Committee approved a $25 million boost in state funding to the Wisconsin Technical College System -- more than Gov. Tony Evers...
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JFC Republicans nix Evers plans to ease property tax limits

The Joint Finance Committee rejected a string of steps Gov. Tony Evers wanted to take to ease property tax limits on counties and municipalities. But...
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JFC Republicans reject Evers proposal to increase grants for college students

Joint Finance Republicans rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ proposals to increase need-based grants for students at Wisconsin’s colleges, universities and tech schools, opting instead to...

JFC reworks Evers tourism proposal

The Joint Finance Committee reworked Tony Evers’ proposal to promote tourism in Wisconsin, including paring back money designated for marketing. The centerpiece of Evers’ plan...
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JFC sets aside money for homeless initiatives

The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to set aside funding for an initiative to address homelessness, but Republicans decided to hold back...

JFC to kill Evers’ Medicaid expansion plan, pot proposal in first actions

The Joint Finance Committee’s first actions on Gov. Tony Evers’ budget May 9 will be to pull out a host of his priorities, from...

Republicans reach deal on $500 million boost to K-12

GOP lawmakers have reached a deal to pump an additional $500 million into K-12 education, including a $97 million increase for special education. Both figures...

State expected to have additional $2.9 billion to spend after revenue projections tick up

The state is projected to have nearly $2.9 billion in additional money to spend over the next two years after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau...
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