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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 »

Budget Blog - Reduced Costs Lead to Big Savings in Health Services Budget

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 26, 2017 10:40 AM
Budget Blog - Reduced Costs Lead to Big Savings in Health Services Budget

By Chris Rochester and Ola Lisowski - While media coverage centered on drug testing requirements for welfare recipients, the Joint Finance Committee subtlety freed up $38.6 million for other parts of the budget. The committee found more than $230 million in cost to continue savings for the Medical Assistance program, SeniorCare, and the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program and shifted a large portion of those savings to increased reimbursement rates for nursing homes and other caretakers. Read More »

JFC Continues Tuition Freeze, Rejects 5% Tuition Cut at UW System

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2017 4:00 PM
JFC Continues Tuition Freeze, Rejects 5% Tuition Cut at UW System

By Ola Lisowski - The Joint Committee on Finance voted along party lines to continue the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze in the 2017-19 state budget, opting to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 5 percent tuition cut for the 2018-19 academic year. JFC agreed to send the system $36 million more compared to the last budget, a $42.5 million cut from Walker's proposal. Read More »

Chart Smart: FoodShare Employment and Training

Comments | Posted in Charts | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Chart Smart: FoodShare Employment and Training

Chart Smart - Today, we take a look at the FoodShare Employment and Training program. Read More »

Budget Blog: Struggling to Find Consensus on Tuition Cut, JFC Puts Off UW System Vote

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 23, 2017 2:09 PM
Budget Blog: Struggling to Find Consensus on Tuition Cut, JFC Puts Off UW System Vote

Budget Blog - The Senate and Assembly haven't yet come to a consensus on whether or not to lower the UW System's tuition by 5 percent in 2018, according to Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) co-chairs Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette). Read More »

Chart Smart: University of Wisconsin System

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 22, 2017 4:55 AM
Chart Smart: University of Wisconsin System

May 22, 2017 Welcome to the second edition of Chart Smart! Today, we've got a look at the University of Wisconsin System in preparation for tomorrow's votes in the Joint Finance Committee. These charts examine state support to the System,... Read More »

Budget Blog - JFC Rejects Dems' "Free Tuition" Stunt

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 18, 2017 8:00 AM
Budget Blog - JFC Rejects Dems'

Budget Blog - The Joint Finance Committee took up the first of the big education agencies today when voting on budget provisions for the Wisconsin Technical College System. Most notably, JFC bucked Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to freeze tuition at the tech colleges and voted instead to send that money towards scholarships. Read More »

Budget Blog - Property Taxes Might Go Up

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MacIverNews | Posted May 16, 2017 11:44 AM
Budget Blog - Property Taxes Might Go Up

Budget Blog - A Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis shows, altogether, the governor's budget will save the median value homeowner $20 the first year and $1 the second year. That means if the forestry tax is kept in place, the median value homeowner could see an increase of $7 the first year and $26 the second year. Read More »

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