Budget

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JFC to take up Medicaid May 25

The Joint Finance Committee will take up Health Services May 25, including the Medicaid and FoodShare programs. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a pilot program...

JFC to take up UW System budget Tuesday

The Joint Finance Committee will take up the UW System budget on Tuesday. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed freezing tuition for in-state undergrads in the...

Groups begin push on forestry tax; co-chairs say fate still up in the air

The co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee say their caucuses are debating whether to sign off on the guv’s push to eliminate the forestry...

JFC nixes Walker’s refundable tax credit for youth who age out of foster care...

GOP members of the Joint Finance Committee nixed the guv's call to create a refundable tax credit for young adults who "age out" of...

JFC approves changing how sexually violent offenders are released back into community

Joint Finance voted 13-3 to overhaul how violent sex offenders are released back into the community to stop counties from sending them elsewhere. The motion...

JFC shoots down Dem motions on voter ID, donor employer disclosure

The committee shot down along party lines Dem motions to again require the disclosure of a donor’s employer on campaign finance reports, details any time...

JFC approves cutting in half Elections, Ethics commissions per diems

The committee also approved 12-4 cutting in half the per diems for members of the Elections and Ethics commissions. The guv had wanted to reduce...

JFC approves continuing to fund more Elections Commission positions than guv wanted

The committee approved 12-4 continuing to fund 21 positions at the Elections Commission, five more than the guv proposed, but one fewer than the...

JFC approves allowing DCF to spend more federal money for changes to child care...

Joint Finance unanimously approved Department of Children and Families’ request to increase its expenditure authority by $3.3 million through its federal child care and...

JFC approves state money to help buy new WisconsinEye cameras

The Assembly and Senate would provide a combined $412,600 in GPR over the next two years to help cover the costs of 21 new...

JFC to take up Tech College System, Shared Revenue next Thursday

The Joint Finance Committee is taking up the state’s Tech College System when it meets next Thursday. Also on the schedule is Shared Revenue, the...

JFC spars over funding for vets programs

The Joint Finance Committee jousted today over funding for Wisconsin veterans programs, particularly for the home in King, which has been the subject of...

Committee shoots down Walker plan to exempt journeyman plumbers, electricians from exam after apprenticeship

The committee unanimously shot down Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to no longer require journeyman electricians, plumbers and automatic fire sprinkler system fitters, along with...

Committee rejects motion to allow help for replacing water service lines containing lead

The committee rejected 12-4 a Dem motion that would have authorized public water utilities to provide financial assistance to private property owners looking to...

JFC nixes Walker’s plan to kill the stray voltage program

The committee rejected the guv’s proposal to eliminate the program that aids farmers who believe their dairy herds are being affected by stray voltage. The...
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