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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
watch the entire
1st Joint Finance Committee Executive Session on Wisconsin Eye here.
on the Road
Over the last few months of the budget
process, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans sought input from folks across the
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
for taking the time to respond to the surveys, attend public hearings, and
contact us with your thoughts and concerns.
Take My Spring
My 2017 Spring Survey is now up on my website
at www.RepKnodl.com or just click the
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!
Police Memorial Day Service
Date and Time:
May 21st 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
Eat and Greet on the Street
Date and Time: June 3rd 12:00 PM to
Location: Original Village of Brown Deer
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 Farmers Market
Date and Time:
May 6th from 8:00 AM to Noon
Village Hall Parking Lot
Check out locally grown produce and goods.