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Joint Finance Approves Changes to WEDC, DHS Budgets

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 21, 2015 7:49 PM
Joint Finance Approves Changes to WEDC, DHS Budgets

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) met for the second time this week to vote on items addressing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), department-wide items at the Department of Health Services (DHS) and a few smaller state agencies. Read More »

Joint Finance Offers Two Omnibus Motions for DHS, WEDC, Other Agencies

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 21, 2015 2:38 PM
Joint Finance Offers Two Omnibus Motions for DHS, WEDC, Other Agencies

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) was schedule to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday to discuss budget items surrounding the Department of Health Services (DHS), Medical Assistance (MA), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and others. However, the start time of the executive session was delayed until 4 p.m. Read More »

Budget Blog - School Choice Expanded Again, Education Funding Increased and Drug Testing For Government Assistance

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 4:39 PM
Budget Blog - School Choice Expanded Again, Education Funding Increased and Drug Testing For Government Assistance

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - On Tuesday, the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) made several important education decisions in a 29-page omnibus package. After a full 11-hour day, the package was passed along party lines on a 12-4 vote at 1:27 a.m. and was chock full of both fiscal items and policy changes to the state's K-12 system. Read More »

Legislators React to Major Education Policy Changes in Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 12:51 PM
Legislators React to Major Education Policy Changes in Budget

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance approved a 29-page omnibus education package shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday that would increase funding for K-12 schools, expand the statewide school choice program and create a special needs scholarship for students with disabilities to attend the school or their choice. Read More »

Joint Finance Passes Omnibus Education Package That Increases K-12 Funding

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 1:27 AM
Joint Finance Passes Omnibus Education Package That Increases K-12 Funding

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) debated portions of the state budget well into Wednesday morning, and its main focus was on a 29-page omnibus education package that passed on a 12-4 vote along party lines. Read More »

Joint Finance Tackles Entire K-12 Agenda in Single Omnibus

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 19, 2015 9:33 PM
Joint Finance Tackles Entire K-12 Agenda in Single Omnibus

MacIver News Service - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) decided Tuesday evening to address all K-12 education issues in one 29-page omnibus motion. Items addressed in the motion include general school aid, special education aid, and school choice funding and expansion, among others. See the motion here. Read More »

Prevailing Wage: Two Words that Will Cost Taxpayers $150,000 in Vilas County

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 18, 2015 3:00 AM
Prevailing Wage: Two Words that Will Cost Taxpayers $150,000 in Vilas County

MacIver News Service - Vilas County officials are looking to build a six-mile ATV trail along highway K to keep them off the main road. The lowest bid they found was $30,000 per mile - until they told the contractor it would be subject to prevailing wage. Then the cost jumped 83 percent. Read More »

Joint Finance Has Saved Taxpayers $71 Million So Far, Will It Continue?

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted May 15, 2015 11:47 AM
Joint Finance Has Saved Taxpayers $71 Million So Far, Will It Continue?

Members of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) have voted for $71.4 million in all fund savings from Gov. Scott Walker's original budget proposal through seven executive sessions. $48.9 million of the total is precious General Purpose Revenue (GPR), the pot of money that comes directly from Wisconsin taxpayers. Read More »

Joint Finance Leaders Unveil New Plan For Long-Term Care

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted May 14, 2015 4:12 PM
Joint Finance Leaders Unveil New Plan For Long-Term Care

Joint Finance co-chairs John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) joined fellow committee members Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) and Leah Vukmir (Wauwatosa) in forwarding a modified plan for Wisconsin's long term health care programs. Members outlined a vision for a regional system with multiple "integrated health agencies" (IHA) in each region to ensure competition between providers and plans. Read More »

Walker Won't Support Fee Increases for DOT, Maintains UW Stance, Backs Off Agency Mergers

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted May 11, 2015 7:45 AM
Walker Won't Support Fee Increases for DOT, Maintains UW Stance, Backs Off Agency Mergers

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - Gov. Walker chimed in on the budget debate last week with statements on some of the bigger policy changes. On the UW System, Walker is hoping legislators will take another look at his plan to "spin off" the System into its own public authority. Joint Finance co-chairs John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) called that plan "dead" last week. Read More »

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