The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) is a statutory, 16-member standing committee of the Wisconsin Legislature. I was appointed for the second time this session as Assembly Ranking Member to the JFC as one of four democrats. See a map of committee members here. The Committee's primary responsibility is to serve as the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues, including the state budget.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau prepares a variety of "white papers" and provides fiscal analysis to assist JFC during its deliberations on the state’s budget, and other legislation that the Committee addresses.
Last biennium, the JFC got the 2015-17 State Budget on February 3, 2015 from Governor Walker. After reading through it, the committee held four public hearings across the state to hear from Wisconsinites on how the budget would impact them. JFC then went into executive session and took up various parts of the budget to edit and approve for final passage from committee. Next, the budget went to the State Senate and Assembly for a vote where it passed both houses.
I voted against the budget with 45 of my colleagues including 11 Republicans in the Assembly. Governor Walker signed the budget into law on July 12, 2015 with over 100 vetoes. See a summary of the 2015-17 State Budget on the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's website.
Picture is from the Brillion Public Hearing on the 2015-17 State Budget.