Budget

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Witnesses call for funding education, pet causes during first JFC public hearing on budget

A parade of witnesses today called on the Joint Finance Committee to pump state funding into pet causes that ranged from increasing school funding...
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Joint Finance approves GOP bill to spend federal COVID money along party lines

The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to approve 11 GOP bills to spend coming stimulus money as Dems questioned whether the proposals...
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LFB: Some of GOP proposals for federal stimulus money not allowed under current guidance

Some of the biggest items in the GOP package to spend $3.2 billion in new federal stimulus aren’t allowed under current guidance, according to...
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GOP Joint Finance members press Valcq on governor’s broadband proposal

GOP Joint Finance member Tony Kurtz today questioned the need to invest state dollars in expanding broadband when the state can use federal money...
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DNR secretary urges Joint Finance to support agency efforts to clean up PFAS

DNR Secretary Preston Cole implored the Joint Finance Committee today to support agency efforts to clean up PFAS, arguing contamination is a threat to...
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DWD secretary: State needs to prepare workers for post-COVID economy

Workforce Development Secretary Amy Pechacek told the Joint Finance Committee today Wisconsin’s economy is undergoing a change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the...
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LFB: Milwaukee schools in line for more than one-third of federal COVID aid

Milwaukee Public Schools is in line for more than a third of the more than $2.2 billion in federal aid Wisconsin districts will receive...
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Assembly GOP calls on Evers to direct federal COVID aid to homeowners, long-term care...

One day after Evers vetoed legislation giving them a say in how the money is spent, Assembly Republicans called on the guv to use...
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Joint Finance asks four agencies to testify on guv’s budget

Four agencies have been asked to testify on the state budget next week as the Joint Finance Committee again cut back on the number...
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LFB memo details tax, fee hikes, increased collection efforts in Evers budget

Along with increasing taxes by a net $1 billion, Gov. Tony Evers’ budget would hike fees $17.2 million, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The...
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LFB estimate finds Wisconsin governments, schools in line for $8.7 billion from latest stimulus...

Wisconsin’s state and local governments, along with its educational institutions, could receive $8.7 billion from the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill, according to an...
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Recently signed tax cut leaves Evers’ budget with nearly $300M shortfall

The $594 million tax cut Gov. Tony Evers signed last month leaves his 2021-23 budget nearly $300 million in the red, according to the...
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COVID bill provisions mean expanding Medicaid would save $1 billion in GPR on top...

Expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act would generate an additional $1 billion in general purpose revenue savings thanks to provisions in the COVID...
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Joint Finance plans three public hearings on budget, one virtual

The Joint Finance Committee will hit three Wisconsin cities for in-person public hearings on the guv’s budget with a fourth that will be virtual...
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Bewley, Hintz back Evers’ minimum wage, sales tax proposals

The Legislature’s top Dem leaders in a WisPolitics.com luncheon today voiced support for Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposals to raise the minimum wage and...
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