MON PM Update: General fund would see $1.4B less under JFC motion

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— 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 next two years than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed, according to an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

What’s more, the motion, which includes rejecting Evers’ call to expand Medicaid, would mean nearly $1.1 billion less in federal aid for the 2019-21 budget.

The committee co-chairs last week laid out a proposal to eliminate 131 items Evers included in his budget. While it included some 70 policy items, the planned motion also includes a series of fiscal items, including some tax hikes.

The biggest fiscal impact would be wiping out the Medicaid expansion, which would draw nearly $1.1 billion in federal money. It also would result in the state spending $324.5 million more in general purpose revenue over the next two years than it would’ve under Evers’ plan.

Meanwhile, Republicans are planning to toss Evers’ proposal to cap a tax credit for manufacturers, which would’ve generated $516.6 million for the general fund over the next two years. He also wants to limit the exclusion for nonfarm capital gains, which would’ve generated $505.1 million. But the committee plans to nix that as well.

Other big-ticket items include keeping a transfer to the transportation fund from the general fund. That carries an $87.8 million price tag.

The LFB memo only summarizes the fiscal impact of the motion compared to Evers’ proposal, not current law. For example, in January, the LFB projected the state would have an additional $2.4 billion in GPR to spend through mid-2021.

The offices of the JFC co-chairs didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. An Evers spokeswoman said the administration was still studying the memo.

See the summary of the fiscal impact of the motion starting on page nine:

— Sen. Alberta Darling says she expects to re-join the Joint Finance Committee soon after sitting out Thursday’s hearing on doctor’s orders.

The River Hills Republican, who turned 75 last month, fell at the Washington, D.C., airport last week following a fundraising trip.

In a statement this afternoon, she thanked those who had “called, texted and prayed for me.”

“I expect to re-join the committee soon and continue to fight for taxpayers and to protect the reforms that have returned Wisconsin to one of the best economies in the Midwest,” Darling said.

Vice-chair Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, will co-chair the hearing, according to the hearing notice that went out this afternoon.

Darling had her return from Washington delayed after she fell at the airport. A Darling spokesman declined further comment.

See the hearing notice:

— The Senate will be on the floor May 15, according to a spokesman for Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

The Assembly will be in session that day as well.

— The state Supreme Court today decided to allow Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and others to file non-party briefs in one of the lame-duck lawsuits.

That case involves a Dane County judge’s ruling that GOP lawmakers improperly convened an extraordinary session in December. That decision has been stayed.

See the order:

— President Trump today tweeted former Gov. Scott Walker was “100% correct” to warn of Dems’ state-by-state “power grab.”

Dems, however, fired back at the guv’s column in Fox News. They pointed out he signed legislation on his way out of office intended to undercut his Dem successor. Plus, the GOP-drawn maps he approved in 2011 were found by a federal court to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the plaintiffs lacked standing in that case and sent it back to the district court.

Walker is now the fundraising chair for a GOP redistricting group and wrote a column warning that former President Obama and AG Eric Holder are “selling the false narrative that Democrats draw ‘fair maps’ while any and all Republican-drawn maps are ‘partisan gerrymanders.'”

He warned of a “nationwide judicial power grab” by Dems and cited Wisconsin as an example. Walker wrote Dems “spent millions litigating against our policies while simultaneously working to elect radical left-wing activists to our state Supreme Court.”

“If Republicans fail to fight back nationally – instead of pushing back as we did in Wisconsin – we will find ourselves in a perpetual minority for a generation,” Walker wrote.

Trump responded via Twitter, “Scott Walker is 100% correct when he says that the Republicans must WAKE UP to the Democrats State by State power grab. They play very dirty, actually, like never before. Don’t allow them to get away with what they are doing!”

Holder’s group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, sent a series of tweets today about what it called one of the most glaring examples of a Republican gerrymander in the nation. It noted that Dems won a majority of the votes cast for the state’s eight House seats and the state Legislature, but won only three of the eight congressional seats and 36 percent of the legislative districts.

“We must stop Republicans from manipulating the maps nationwide so that they can continue to unfairly win elections, preserve their political power, and not be held accountable to voters,” the NRDC tweeted.

Read Walker’s column:

See Trump’s tweet:

See the NDRC’s tweet:

— A spokeswoman says Gov. Tony Evers caught a perch while fishing on the Dairyland Flowage in Rusk County as part of the 54th annual Governor’s Fishing Opener.


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