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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...

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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