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Dems criticize Corrections as Litscher testifies at JFC

JFC Dems today hammered at the Department of Corrections, though they credited Secretary Jon Litscher for making significant progress on several issues. Litscher highlighted some...
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Roggensack asks JFC for help in boosting judicial pay

Chief Justice Pat Roggensack made a pitch today to the Joint Finance Committee to increase judicial pay, but nix the plan Gov. Scott Walker...
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JFC members express reservations to ETF about self-insurance plan

Lawmakers on both sides said they have deep reservations on Walker’s self-insurance proposal, questioning Department of Employee Trust Funds officials on whether the agency’s...
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DOA officials defend guv’s budget to JFC as agency briefings kick off

DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel today defended the guv’s call to move state employees to a self-insurance model as Joint Finance Committee members raise concerns...
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JFC signs off on bill eliminating work permits for those 16, 17

The Joint Finance Committee signed off eliminating the requirement that minors aged 16 or 17 obtain a child work permit over Dem objections it...
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JFC unanimously signs off on bills to battle opioid addiction

The Joint Finance Committee unanimously backed a series of bills today designed to combat opioid addiction after shooting down several Dem amendments. That included one...
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JFC shoots down Stewardship purchase over price, appraisals

The Joint Finance Committee today 12-4 rejected using $346,100 from the Stewardship Fund to help buy 102.5 acres in Dane County after GOP members...

Sales tax provision in Walker’s budget would benefit Kwik Trip

In response to Kwik Trip, Gov. Scott Walker added a provision to his budget that would save the company from having to collect the...
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JFC finalizes schedule for budget public hearings

The Joint Finance Committee has locked in its schedule for public hearings on the budget, kicking things off April 3 at UW-Platteville and making...
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JFC’s three days of agency briefings to start March 28 with DOA

The Joint Finance Committee plans to get in all of its agency briefings over three days, starting March 28 with DOA. The plan released by...
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JFC eyes April 3 for first public hearing, May 2 to start voting on...

Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May...

Walker proposes $803 million 2017-19 capital budget

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing $803 million in building projects as part of his 2017-19 capital budget. The proposal includes nearly $449.9 million in new...

Walker: Analysis ‘very clearly shows’ self-insurance proposal would help taxpayers

Gov. Scott Walker today downplayed concerns from lawmakers who’ve been skeptical of his proposal to self-insure state employees, calling the expected savings an “incredible...
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Critics say Walker’s transportation budget not a long-term fix

Critics are taking aim at Gov. Scott Walker’s transportation budget and say it does little to solve the state’s long-term funding issue. They cited, for...
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Walker budget would green light DNR reorg

A DNR reorganization plan proposed by its secretary would get the green light under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, which also gives the agency the...