Well, they did
it again. The Joint Finance Committee went late last night, wrapping up
their debate around 10 pm after starting at 4 pm. There was a lot of
discussion about the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
but the biggest news from last night was that the JFC voted to save
Because the last e-update was on the long side, I’m keeping this one
short and sweet. Here is what was decided last night:
voted to remove the Governor from the board of the agency in the
wake of a recent audit and investigation that showed that WEDC made
questionable loans and did not follow state law or its own policies.
also proposed removing the four state legislators from the board
The JFC vetoed this measure, leaving legislative oversight in place.
Governor’s budget proposal would have combined WEDC with the
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). After
the audit, the Governor dropped this provision.
The JFC did
not approve the merger as requested.
proposed cutting SeniorCare by over 40% and requiring that
participants enroll in Medicare Part D, raising prescription drug
costs for 87,000 people.
voted to remove the proposal all together, leaving SeniorCare “as
proposed asking for a federal waiver to charge premiums for
BadgerCare Plus, also known as Medicaid. Higher premiums would be
charged for those with unspecified risky behavior.
approved this proposal.
Educational Approval Board
The Governor’s budget would have eliminated the
Educational Approval Board which regulates private, for-profit
The JFC voted to leave the board intact.
The JFC is expected to be back in again next week
where they hope to wrap up the budget before sending it to the Senate