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COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2017-19 Wisconsin State Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 21, 2017 12:46 PM
COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2017-19 Wisconsin State Budget

MacIver Analysis - A complete analysis of Wisconsin's 2017-19 state budget - everything you need to know, right here. Read More »

Budget Blog: Walker Releases List Of 99 Budget Vetoes

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 20, 2017 4:15 PM
Budget Blog: Walker Releases List Of 99 Budget Vetoes

Budget Blog - Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday released the full list of the budget items he intends to excise with his powerful veto pen, and made the case why the provisions shouldn't be in the state's recently passed 2017-19 spending plan. Read More »

Budget Blog: Walker Veto Pledge Secures Senate Passage Of Budget

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 15, 2017 9:32 PM
Budget Blog: Walker Veto Pledge Secures Senate Passage Of Budget

Budget Blog - After 36 hours wondering whether Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald would have the votes to pass the 2017-19 state budget, four of five Republican senators who had been leaning no came through with yeses Friday night to push an amendment-free spending plan over the goal line. Read More »

Budget Blog: After 11 Hours Of Debate, Assembly Passes Tax-Ending Budget

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 13, 2017 10:26 PM
Budget Blog: After 11 Hours Of Debate, Assembly Passes Tax-Ending Budget

Budget Blog - After 11 hours of debate heavy on Democrat-led shaming, recriminations, vilifications and fact smashing, the Republican-led state Assembly passed a $76.5 billion budget with generous spending increases for K-12 education, another round of in-state tuition freezes, and the death of several taxes. Read More »

Budget Blog: Joint Finance Passes Education Plan

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 5, 2017 5:00 AM
Budget Blog: Joint Finance Passes Education Plan

By Ola Lisowski - The K-12 education budget that the Joint Committee on Finance passed last week makes substantive changes to the state's school choice, charter, and open enrollment programs. Read More »

Walker Sounding Upbeat About Budget, Foxconn Package

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 31, 2017 7:19 PM
Walker Sounding Upbeat About Budget, Foxconn Package

By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Scott Walker is feeling pretty confident the Legislature will wrap up work on the budget and the Foxconn Technology Group incentives package in the coming days. Read More »

Budget Blog: Joint Finance Increases K-12 Spending, Expands Statewide School Choice

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 28, 2017 5:01 PM
Budget Blog: Joint Finance Increases K-12 Spending, Expands Statewide School Choice

By Ola Lisowski - The Republican-controlled Joint Committee on Finance voted Monday to significantly boost K-12 public education spending - just not quite as much as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed in his state budget plan. The budget committee also expanded Wisconsin's school choice program, allowing families earning up to 220 percent of the federal poverty level to participate in statewide choice, up from 185 percent. Read More »

Budget Blog - Joint Finance Votes to Eliminate State Forestry Tax

Comments | Posted in Budget Blog | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 24, 2017 3:21 PM
Budget Blog - Joint Finance Votes to Eliminate State Forestry Tax

Budget Blog - In its first budget meeting in more than two months, the Joint Committee on Finance hit the ground running Thursday as it voted along party lines to eliminate the Forestry Mill Tax, the last remaining state portion of the property tax. Read More »

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 »

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