Budget

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JFC will meet June 13 to decide on self-insurance

The Joint Finance Committee will meet June 13 on whether it’ll approve the self-insurance contracts Gov. Scott Walker’s administration reached. JFC co-chairs John Nygren and...

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...

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...

JFC keeps DNR magazine, but pares back to four issues a year

The Joint Finance Committee rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate the DNR’s Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. But the committee approved 12-4 publishing the magazine...

JFC approves requiring DOT to take care of deer carcasses on Wisconsin roads

The committee approved repealing the requirement the DNR to establish a grant program to remove car-killed deer from Wisconsin roads and transfer the responsibility...

JFC approves Tourism earmarks

The committee approved GOP earmarks through the Department of Tourism that include that include $7,500 for the city of Pittsville to put up a...

JFC approves pay hikes for judges

The committee signed off on the guv’s plan to give Supreme Court justices and state judges a pay boost. But it rejected Scott Walker’s...

JFC cuts Parole Commission in half, but rejects wiping it out

The Joint Finance Committee voted to cut the Parole Commission in half, but rejected the guv’s call to wipe it out. Walker wanted to eliminate...

JFC approves drug testing Medicaid recipients, changes to food stamp requirements

The Joint Finance Committee last night green-lighted Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to drug test Medicaid recipients, adopting a GOP motion that also left intact...

GOP omnibus motion seeks to modify work requirements for food stamp recipients with children

A GOP omnibus motion on the Department of Health Services that would modify the guv’s call to require able-bodied adults with school-aged children to...

UW motion makes changes to Walker’s performance funding proposal

The Joint Finance Committee motion on UW that passed 12-4 today adopts performance-based funding for the UW System but in a much different way. For...

JFC passes GOP motion on UW 12-4

The Joint Finance Committee today argued over whether Republicans are adding funding toward UW or cutting it. The committee passed 12-4 an omnibus motion on...

JFC debates past UW cuts as Republicans reject Dem proposals

The Joint Finance Committee today rejected Dem efforts to make tuition free at the two-year UW Colleges and add $500 million to the UW System to...

JFC to take up DNR, WHEDA, Dept. of Corrections next Wednesday

The Joint Finance Committee plans to take up the Department of Corrections, DNR and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority when it meets next...

GOP JFC omnibus motion on UW would freeze tuition, reject Walker’s cut

The Joint Finance Committee is expected to reject Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut tuition and instead opt for continuing the freeze for in-state...