State Budget Update


May 8, 2015

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You’ve probably heard the news by now: according to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, there is no new revenue in Wisconsin. There is no magic pot of money that can be used to fix the major cuts in the budget. The JFC is going to have to work with what they have and find some creative solutions in order to come out of this process with a balanced budget. It is time for them to prioritize.

A quick refresher on budget lingo:

JFC: Joint Finance Committee, the committee charged with rewriting the Governor’s budget. At the end of their deliberation, their budget draft will be presented to both houses of the Legislature for a vote.

Motion: an amendment offered by committee members as an alternative to the Governor’s budget proposal.

Here is what they worked on yesterday:

Officer-Involved Deaths

  • The State Department of Justice requested funding for five new positions to investigate police officer-involved deaths.

  • The Governor did not include this in his budget proposal.

  • The JFC voted to fund four of these positions.

Camping Fees



  • The Governor proposed raising fees for state park visitors from $2 to $3 and withdrawing tax support for the parks.

  • The JFC voted to double the charge for electricity on a campsite from $5 to $10, and to raise the base campsite fee from $15 to $20 for state residents and from $17 to $25 for nonresidents. They also raised the price of annual trail passes and daily entrance fees.

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State Representative

94th Assembly District



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