As always, it is an honor to
serve as your representative from the 54th Assembly District. I am
privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many concerned and
Thanks for taking the time to read my brief Budget Update. I hope
that youíll always feel welcome to contact me, whether itís by calling,
writing, or stopping by my office.
State Representative, 54th Assembly
Appointed to Powerful Joint Finance Committee
Rep. Hintz and
his wife, Elizabeth Hintz, during the 2017 Inauguration Ceremony
very honored to announce that I have been reappointed to the
Joint Finance Committee (JFC). The JFC is the most
influential committee in the Legislature, charged with the
review of all state appropriations and revenues, including a
comprehensive review of the Governorís budget. The
committee has 16 members, comprised of 12 Republicans and 4
As a member of the JFC I plan
to work hard with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to
create a balanced budget that provides opportunity for everyone.
unveiled his budget (Assembly Bill 64) on February 8th, 2017. So far, the bill has been
met with considerable speculation at the unrealistic amount of
spending. Now the Legislature must get to work on editing
the budget, and creating a balanced document.
First, State Agency
Secretaries will appear before the JFC in a public hearing
format on their respective portions of the budget. Then
JFC hits the road to hold a few statewide listening sessions
where people can come and testify on the budget. Finally,
JFC goes into executive session to edit and approve the budget
for final passage from committee. Once this is all
completed, the State Assembly and Senate must each pass the
budget bill. The bill then goes to Governor Walker to be
signed into law.
In the News:
recently on Capital City Sunday with Scott Manley,
Vice-President of Government Relations for Wisconsin
Manufacturers and Commerce. Click photo, or see video
- I was recently on UpFront with my
JFC colleague, Rep. Dale Kooyenga discussing the budget.
- See lawmakers from both sides of
the aisle react to Gov. Walker's budget address
- "Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee,
and Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, suggested the document was
drafted based on overly optimistic financial projections.
They said lawmakers will be forced to take a more
"realistic" look at the proposal." See more
- "At least one thing was clear in
the hours after Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan for the
state's next budget: His Republican colleagues, who control
the state Legislature, aim to dramatically reshape it."
Next office hours Friday,
I like to
make myself available to my constituents as much as possible. My
next office hours are Friday, February 24th
from 10am-12pm at the Oshkosh Seniors Center, 200 N Campbell Rd,
Oshkosh. Please feel free to stop by with any questions, comments, or
concerns. Hope to see you there!