May 5, 2017

 

JFC Executive Session Update


 

On Monday, the Joint Finance Committee held their first Executive Session on Governor Walker's state budget proposal. During these sessions, the JFC offers motions to make changes to the bill, debates, and takes votes. Each Executive Session takes up certain areas of the budget.

Monday's session took up: Judicial Commission, Judicial Council, Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, Employment Relations Commission, Division of Gaming, Insurance, Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, Board on Aging and Long-term Care, Environmental Improvement Fund.

Highlights:

  • Judicial Commission - Responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of misconduct or disability of Wisconsin judges. Committee voted to delete the Governorís recommendation and maintain current law, which retains the Judicial Commissionís independence as a separate entity.

  • Judicial Council - The Committee expressed support for the value and perspective of the Council and voted to reject the Governorís recommendation and retain Judicial Council as a an independent agency.

  • Supreme Court - The Governor proposed a 2% pay increase for judges, while the Supreme Court advocated for an 8% pay increase. The Committee ultimately chose to gather more information on this issue prior to making a decision. This issue area has been left open at this time and will be addressed at a later Executive Session.

  • Employment Relations Commission - voted to adopt the Governorís proposal to streamline the agency and continued Republicanís efforts to reduce the size of government. This reduces size of commission from three people down to one, and eliminates two staff positions.

  • Insurance - adopted a motion to streamline government, reduce spending, and cut government staff. The motion reduces the number of OCIís IT FTEs by 2.0, capitalizing on the improved efficiency of the transferred positions.

  • Board for People with Developmental Disabilities - No papers were generated for this section, which means the Committee accepted the Governor's recommendation to fully fund the Board.

  • Board on Aging and Long-term Care - Committee voted to increase funding for the Board to support their lease costs for the 2017-19 biennium and protect our most vulnerable populations by adding two additional program revenue ombudsman positions. With this proposal, the ombudsman program at the Board will now provide services to Wisconsin seniors over the age of 60 enrolled in IRIS.

  • Environmental Improvement Fund - approved the Governorís recommendation to increase funding for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program by $5.8M. Amended Clean Water Fund Loan to create an option for municipalities to finance loans over a 30-year, instead of a 20-year, period. The Committee also accepted the Governorís proposal to decrease interest rates on projects for municipalities. For communities with lower income and smaller populations, the Committee accepted the Governorís proposal to provide even more support.

Next Executive Session:

You can watch the entire May 1st Joint Finance Committee Executive Session on Wisconsin Eye here.


Assembly GOP on the Road


Over the last few months of the budget process, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans sought input from folks across the state:

  • Assembly Republicans sent out 1.2 million budget surveys

  • Assembly Republicans held over 160 budget listening sessions around the state

  • 307 emails were sent to the Budget Comments email address

  • 1,266 people testified at the six JFC public hearings

Thank you for taking the time to respond to the surveys, attend public hearings, and contact us with your thoughts and concerns.


Take My Spring Survey


 

 

My 2017 Spring Survey is now up on my website at www.RepKnodl.com or just click the photo above.

 

Each budget year, I send out a survey to homes across the district asking for your opinion on issues in the state budget proposal and other legislative issues facing the state. I also have it up on my website for those who don't receive a copy at their home, or who would rather respond online.

 

Thank you for taking the time to fill it out and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you!

 


Community Events


Menomonee Falls

Event: Police Memorial Day Service

Date and Time: May 21st 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Taylor Park

Description: Join Menomonee Falls Police Department for the Police Memorial Day Service held to honor and remember those who have given their lives in service to their communities.

Brown Deer

       Event: Eat and Greet on the Street

       Date and Time: June 3rd 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

       Location: Original Village of Brown Deer

       Description: Eat & Greet on the Street is a block party to celebrate the completion of the Original Village Streetscaping project. Featuring local bands, community groups, artisan marketplace, games and activities.

 Germantown Area

Event: Germantown Farmers Market

Date and Time: May 6th from 8:00 AM to Noon

Location: Village Hall Parking Lot

Description: Check out locally grown produce and goods.

 

           
   
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