Finance Committee Update
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) continues 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 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 the sessions this last
-The Committee increased funding for library aids by $1.5 million.
-This increase in library aids brings their funding back to pre-2011 levels.
-The Committee approved $59,500 in
2017-18 to the Wisconsin Arts Board to match federal fund awards from the
National Endowment for the Arts. This grant money will be used to support
arts organizations and programming across the state of Wisconsin.
Investing in Workforce Training
-The Committee approved the Governor’s
recommendation to invest $11.5 million in Fast Forward grants, which fund
workforce training programs.
-The Committee also adopted a motion to increase funding for Career and
Technical Education grants by $1 million. This program provides funding to
school districts for each student who earns a technical education
-The Committee adopted a motion to provide up to $1 million for grants to
school districts for the purchase of technical education equipment. This
equipment will be used in school districts to provide students with job-ready skills upon their graduation.
-The Committee adopted a motion to support the Building Occupational Skills
for Success (BOSS) program in Milwaukee, which trains students to be business
Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
-The Committee adopted a motion that maintains the Wisconsin Natural
Resources magazine published by DNR, but reduces the frequency of the
magazine and streamlines its administration. Preservation of the magazine
was requested by numerous constituents and representatives.
Preserving Wisconsin’s Outdoor Heritage
The Committee provided funding for several of the following projects across
-Up to $1 million for a grant to Iron County for a project to rebuild Saxon
Harbor marina and campground.
-Up to $1 million for development of 13 mile long abandoned rail corridor in
-Up to $750,000 for up to 50% of the costs to reconstruct Eagle Tower in
Peninsula State Park.
-Up to $500,000 for a grant to City of Horicon to enhance a shelter in
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson visited the Capitol. Senator Johnson gave us an
update on what is happening with the federal government in Washington.
It was great to hear from the Senator, and I look forward to continuing
to work with his office in the future.
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