Finance Committee Update
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has
continued to hold executive sessions regarding the 2017-19 biennial budget.
During these sessions, members of the committee debate and vote on specific
provisions from Governor Walker's budget proposal. The goal of these
sessions is to improve upon what the Governor has proposed while taking into
consideration public input.
The executive sessions will continue throughout the month of May and into
June. Once we have concluded executive sessions, we will submit a complete
budget to both the Senate and the Assembly for approval. If both houses approve
the budget, it will go to Governor Walker's desk for final approval.
Here is an update with some of the highlights from these meetings this last
-The committee increased need-based
scholarships to WTCS students by $5 million
-The increased funding will help students gain access to an education in the
technical college system and attain a degree that provides them with
family-supporting jobs upon graduation.
Prioritizing Local Businesses
-The committee adopted a motion to remove the requirement for business
owners to report property value for computer aid payments.
-This action removes a significant administrative burden on businesses and
continues Assembly Republicans' efforts to reduce government red tape.
Keeping Property Taxes Low
-The committee voted to approve the Governor’s recommendation to require
certain municipalities to reduce their property tax levy after certain debt
service obligations are met.
Improving Public Transportation
-As a result of the Volkswagen settlement, the committee adopted a motion
providing $32 million to municipalities to update their bus fleets at no
cost to the state.
The next JFC Executive Sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd and
Wednesday, May 25th. The following agencies will be discussed next Tuesday:
-Administration - Transfers
-Administration - Facilities
-Medical College of Wisconsin
-Higher Educational Aids Board
-Educational Communications Board
Families - Economic Support and Child Care
The following budget areas will be covered next Thursday:
-Health Services -- Departmentwide
-Health Services -- Medicaid Services
-Health Services -- FoodShare
-Health Services -- Mental Health, Public Health, and Other Programs
Unemployment Continues to Decline!
Wisconsin's unemployment rate continues to decline! The unemployment
rate in April was 3.2%, down from 3.4% in March. This is the lowest
Wisconsin's unemployment rate has been since February of 2000. According
to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Wisconsin has added over 29,000 private sector jobs from April 2016 to
April 2017. Wisconsin has also significantly decreased its unemployment
rate since its high point of 9% in 2009 under then Governor Jim Doyle.
Wisconsin Republicans have worked hard to get Wisconsinites back to work
and I am proud to help keep moving Wisconsin forward!
would like to see the report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
Tops $20 Billion!
Pastor Danny Leavins delivering the prayer before the State Assembly.
Pastor Danny Leavins and his family with
me on the Assembly dais.
I was honored to introduce Pastor Danny Leavins of Calvary Bible Church
in Neenah to my colleagues in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Pastor
Leavins delivered an inspiring opening prayer for our Assembly floor
session. Thank you to Pastor Leavins and his family for visiting the
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