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Foxconn First, Budget Next, Or The Other Way Around?

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 1, 2017 5:38 PM
Foxconn First, Budget Next, Or The Other Way Around?

M.D. Kittle - Assembly Republicans say they want to act swiftly but diligently on a $3 billion incentives package for mammoth electronics manufacturer Foxconn and its plan to build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, however, is calling for a more deliberative pace and a focus first on finishing the late state budget. Read More »

UPDATED: Budget Breakthrough? Walker Deal Trades Income Tax Cuts For Transportation

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 20, 2017 2:17 PM
UPDATED: Budget Breakthrough? Walker Deal Trades Income Tax Cuts For Transportation

Budget Blog - Is there a budget breakthrough brewing? Gov. Walker offered to scuttle his tax cut proposal to scrub transportation bonding from the budget in an attempt to snap the stalemate that has pre-empted passage of a 2017-19 state budget. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Thursday effectively said 'not so fast.' Read More »

Budget Blog - 'Deference' But Still No Budget Deal In Sight

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 19, 2017 10:53 PM
Budget Blog - 'Deference' But Still No Budget Deal In Sight

Budget Blog - One of the main players in the state's budget drama emerged from high-level discussions Wednesday with "deference to the Senate," but there's still no deal in sight. Read More »

Senate K-12 Plan: More Money for Low-Spending Schools, Modest Statewide School Choice Expansion Compared to Governor

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 19, 2017 5:03 PM
Senate K-12 Plan: More Money for Low-Spending Schools, Modest Statewide School Choice Expansion Compared to Governor

By Ola Lisowski - After weeks of delays, the Senate Republican Caucus released a full budget proposal on Tuesday. Transportation remains the hot topic, but the Senate plan also includes substantive tweaks to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal for the Department of Public Instruction. The Senate plan spends $24 million more than Walker's already-generous education proposal, which sent $648 million more to public schools than current funding levels. It also adds six more positions to DPI compared to the governor's plan. Read More »

Budget Blog - Senate Unveils Budget Plan Amid Impasse

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 3:53 PM
Budget Blog - Senate Unveils Budget Plan Amid Impasse

Budget Blog - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the budget ball is back in the GOP-led Assembly's court. In a letter to Vos, Fitzgerald says his caucus believes the "proffered solution presents a reasonable compromise on the major outstanding issues." Read More »

Budget Blog - Senate Republicans Solidify Budget Plan

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MacIverNews | Posted July 11, 2017 2:23 PM
Budget Blog - Senate Republicans Solidify Budget Plan

Budget Blog - As of Tuesday afternoon, members of the Senate Republican Caucus are all on the same page, according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's office, and the challenge is to now maintain that unity while building consensus with the Assembly and Governor. Read More »

ChartSmart: K-12 Education in the 2017-19 Budget

Comments | Posted in Charts | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 5, 2017 5:00 AM
ChartSmart: K-12 Education in the 2017-19 Budget

Welcome back to ChartSmart! It's been a few weeks since the Joint Committee on Finance has met to deliberate on the state budget, but that doesn't mean it's been quiet here in the state's Capitol. Transportation and taxes are still the big issues at play, but K-12 education isn't far behind. Today, we'll dive back into the education debate by taking a look at proposed spending levels and pupil membership in Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Public Instruction budget. Read More »

Budget Blog - Capitol Press Get Front Row Seat To Republican Budget Impasse Fireworks Show

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 27, 2017 1:40 PM
Budget Blog - Capitol Press Get Front Row Seat To Republican Budget Impasse Fireworks Show

Budget Blog - The fireworks began a few days early, and reporters in the Capitol press room got the best seat in the house Tuesday. Read More »

Budget Momentum Or More Fits And Starts?

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 20, 2017 4:06 PM
Budget Momentum Or More Fits And Starts?

By M.D. Kittle - There is momentum. That's how state Rep. Dale Kooyenga describes the heavy lifting that's left on the state's 2017-19 budget - due in 10 days. Read More »

Budget Blog - JFC Rejects Self-Insurance, Directs Insurance Board to Save $63.9 Million Within Current System

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 15, 2017 4:41 PM
Budget Blog - JFC Rejects Self-Insurance, Directs Insurance Board to Save $63.9 Million Within Current System

Budget Blog - The Joint Finance Committee followed through on its plan to reject Governor Walker's self-insurance proposal on Thursday, instead directing the Group Insurance Board (GIB) to come up with $63.9 million in savings within the current health insurance system. Read More »

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