Budget

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Circus World makes case for being managed by state

Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm says today’s a much different time than 2013, when lawmakers rejected a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker to bring the...

Evers ‘pleased’ with Walker’s DPI budget proposal

State Superintendent Tony Evers said today he’s pleased with Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal to add $649 million toward K-12, though he’d like some...

Cross, GOP lawmakers skeptical on several parts of Walker’s UW proposals

UW System President Ray Cross told lawmakers Gov. Scott Walker’s budget is “the best budget the UW System has seen in a decade.” But he...

Cross says he supports audit on UW campus foundations

UW System President Ray Cross told the Joint Finance Committee today he supports an audit lawmakers approved today reviewing UW System campuses and their...

Tech colleges want lawmakers to scrap Walker’s tuition freeze

Wisconsin Technical College System President Morna Foy today asked JFC members to scrap Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed tuition freeze from the budget. The provision --...

Stepp defends budget provision that cuts DNR’s magazine

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp today defended a budget provision that nixes the agency's magazine, saying that there's a “tremendous opportunity for...

PSC’s Nowak says Walker providing ‘unprecedented level’ of broadband grants

Public Service Commission Chair Ellen Nowak said today Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would provide an “unprecedented level of grant funding” for broadband expansion. But Joint...

Ross fields intense questioning as he defends the guv’s transpo budget

JFC members grilled Transportation Secretary Dave Ross on what many of them see as a budget that lacks the funding to meet the state’s...

Lawmakers question WEDC’s Hogan on historic rehabilitation tax credit

Lawmakers peppered WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan with concerns about funding for a tax credit used to boost retail and develop opportunities in...
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Chandler defends manufacturing and ag credit

Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler on Wednesday challenged the contention the manufacturing and ag credit has become a giveaway to the wealthy, saying the top...

DCF’s Anderson: No ‘short-term fixes’ to poverty

Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson said today there aren’t any quick fixes to poverty and that lawmakers need to trust evidence-based...

Seemeyer says DHS will seek Medicaid flexibilities under Trump administration

Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer said today the Trump administration will give states more flexibility on Medicaid "even though health care reform...

Zimmerman pushes back against claims of low morale at King vets home

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman today disputed claims that staff morale is low at the King Veterans Home, saying staff feels they’re portrayed as...
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AG Schimel disputes there’s a rape kit ‘backlog’ even though 6,000 untested

AG Brad Schimel today disputed his agency has a backlog of untested rape kits, even though earlier this year there were some 6,000 stored...

DSPS secretary says agency wants to ‘remove barriers’ to entering workforce

Joint Finance has wrapped up for the day after hearing from DSPS Secretary Laura Gutierrez, who said the agency wants to eliminate unnecessary licensing...