2017-19 Senate Budget Amendments

 

Amendment 1

Restores GOP cuts to our public schools and lowering property taxes. 

  • Restores funding lost under restrictions Republicans placed on low-spending districts in 2011 and increase funding for historically low-spending districts.
  • Invests an additional $514 million in the general aid formula, while implementing State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Fair Funding proposal, ensuring equal treatment of all districts.
  • Retains the Governor’s $200/$204 per pupil aid increases for all districts.
  • Increases special education funding for the first time in almost a decade by nearly $90 million.
  • Supports rural schools with sparsity aid that funds their actual costs.
  • Restores $500 million in local revenue authority so districts can use the increased state funding for actual classroom instruction.
  • Allows local taxpayers to decide by referendum if they want local tax dollars shifted to unaccountable voucher schools, as they are now.
  • Permits local communities to invest in school safety plans, energy efficient projects, and combating alcohol and other drug abuse outside spending limits.
  • Repeals changes to teacher licensing.
  • Reduces property taxes statewide by nearly $25 million by increasing state support for schools.

 

Repeals tax breaks for the wealthy and maintains tax credits for working-class families.

  • Restores the Alternative Minimum Tax.
  • Maintains the Working Families, Homestead, and Earned Income Tax Credits.
  • Prevents big commercial retailers from shifting the property tax burden to homeowners and small businesses.

 

Promotes workplace fairness.

  • Prohibits DWD from unfairly requiring only electronic filing for UI claims so that all workers can claim the benefits they’ve earned.
  • Reinstates equal pay protections so that all workers get a fair wage for a fair day’s work.

 

Amendment 2

Expands broadband and protects internet privacy to help students learn and businesses prosper.

  • Expands Broadband Grants to improve statewide internet access and speed.
  • Protects citizens’ internet privacy.

 

Makes higher education affordable.

  • Allows graduates to refinance their student loan debt so that they can reinvest those savings into their families and local businesses.
  • Increases University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College System Needs-Based Financial Aid and fully fund the waitlist for technical college student grants and tribal college student grants.
  • Removes the duplicative new public policy center.

 

Recruits and retains new farmers and better connects local farmers with local producers.

  • Provides student debt reimbursement for those who operate a small- or medium-sized farm.
  • Restore the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program.

 

Helps local businesses succeed.

  • Requires Wisconsin Economic Development Council (WEDC) to target new funds to small businesses, start-ups, businesses located in rural areas and minority-owned businesses.
  • Improves the ability of small businesses to secure financing by allowing them to use state tax credits as equity in a financing package.
  • Ensures at least 20% of state contracts are with Wisconsin-based businesses.

 

Improves our criminal justice system.

  • Funds Treatment Alternative Diversions and county drug court grant programs.
  • Increases rate paid to private bar attorneys assigned to state public defender cases.
  • Requests technical assistance from the Council of State Government Justice Center to examine criminal justice system issues in Wisconsin.
  • Provides sufficient staff and funding at Lincoln Hills to protect our kids and meet compliance with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
  • Allows Milwaukee County to license a juvenile correctional facility.
  • Funds recommendations by the Council of State Governments Justice Center to serve individuals returning to Milwaukee County from Department of Corrections institutions.

 

Amendment 3

Makes healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone.

  • Accepts federal funds to expand Medicaid and increases reimbursement rates.
  • Requires insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.
  • Directs the State to seek a four-year extension of SeniorCare to keep down the costs of prescription drugs.
  • Expands the Assistance to Needy Veterans Program by requiring a voucher for emergency mental health within 48 hours of the request being made.

 

Improves and restores local infrastructure and Main Street communities.

  • Increases local road aids by $100 million.
  • Restores current law provisions on the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

 

Alleviates the high cost of quality child care.

  • Allows families to claim a tax credit for costs of child care.

 

Enhances community safety.

  • Allows municipalities to exceed levy limits for community oriented policing services to ensure our communities and officers are safe.

 

Protects our drinking water.

  • Allows water utilities to offer financial support to replace lead service lines to homes.

 

Protects Wisconsin air, water and land.

  • Restores funding cuts to our state parks and DNR oversight of high capacity wells.

 

Amendment 4

Prioritizes health care.

  • Accepts federal funds to expand Medicaid.

 

Amendment 5

Restores GOP cuts to our public schools and lowers property taxes.

  • Restores funding lost under restrictions Republicans placed on low-spending districts in 2011 and increase funding for historically low-spending districts.
  • Invests an additional $514 million in the general aid formula, while implementing State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Fair Funding proposal, ensuring equal treatment of all districts.
  • Retains the Governor’s $200/$204 per pupil aid increases for all districts.
  • Increases special education funding for the first time in almost a decade by nearly $90 million.
  • Supports rural schools with sparsity aid that funds their actual costs.
  • Restores $500 million in local revenue authority so districts can use the increased state funding for actual classroom instruction.
  • Allows local taxpayers to decide by referendum if they want local tax dollars shifted to unaccountable voucher schools, as they are now.
  • Permits local communities to invest in school safety plans, energy efficient projects, and combating alcohol and other drug abuse outside spending limits.
  • Repeals changes to teacher licensing.
  • Reduces property taxes statewide by nearly $25 million by increasing state support for schools.

 

Amendment 6

Restores Prevailing Wage            

  • Restores state and local prevailing wage laws to make sure public projects are done on time and on budget.

 

Amendment 7

Restores Local Control

  • Restores local control over quarries, condemnation of recreational and pedestrian trails, domestic partnership registry, school district referenda dates, local ordinances that conflict with state law and the City of Milwaukee’s bid assessments on residential properties.

 

Amendment 8

Milwaukee Community Policing

  • Increase funds for Milwaukee Community Policing by $10 million to hire additional community prosecutors and police officers and expand the community policing program.

  

Amendment 9

Replacing of Lead Laterals

  • Providing grants for the replacement of lead laterals that bring water to the primary residence.

 

Amendment 10

Badger Care for All         

  • Requires the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to allow individuals and small businesses to purchase BadgerCare coverage on the health insurance exchange. 

 

Amendment 11

Amendment withdrawn and returned to author. 

 

Amendment 12

Local Road Funding       

  • Prioritize funding for local road aids over $28 million in Republican earmarked projects.

 

Amendment 13

Voucher Accountability

  • Lists the requirements for participation in the voucher school program. 

 

Amendment 14

 

Opioid Manufacturing Lawsuit           

  • The legislature requests that  the attorney general consider the appropriateness of filing suit against opioid manufacturers and and use proceeds to fund opioid abuse treatment programs. 

 

Amendment 15

Campaign Integrity

  • "The Sensible Limits Act" This proposal limits contributions to Political Action Committees (PACs), legislative campaign committees, and political parties to no more than $10,000, with the exception of a candidate contributing his or her personal funds to his or her own candidate committee. The proposal also prohibits political parties and legislative campaign committees from establishing a segregated fund to use for general purposes, which eliminates the segregated fund shell game that has allowed these groups to avoid donation limits.
  • "10K Limit Act" This proposal will decrease the individual and candidate committee contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for statewide candidates.
  • "Limiting Special Interest Influence Act" This proposal reduces the donation limits on political action committee contributions to candidates by half. The limits under the proposal are generally the same as those that applied to political action committee contributions before the 2015 legislation that radically increased the financial influence of special interest groups and their political action committees.
  • "Closing the PAC Loophole Act" This proposal closes a loophole in the legal definition of a PAC that groups use to bypass donation limits. Currently, a political action committee is defined a person (other than an individual) whose major purpose is express advocacy or who spends more than 50% of their total spending in a 12-month period on supporting or defeating a referendum or contributing to a candidate committee, legislative campaign committee, or political party. This proposal defines a political action committee, for campaign finance purposes, as a committee that includes a person (other than an individual) who spends more than $1,000 in a 12-month period on expenditures for express advocacy or any other aforementioned purposes.
  • "Issue Ad Reporting Act" Senator Erpenbach bill to require transparency in political communications.
  • "Coordination Control Act" This proposal places the same financial limits on coordinated expenditures between candidates and groups as are currently in place for direct contributions. Allowing unchecked coordinated campaign expenditures circumvents campaign donation limits, inviting corruption and immense special interest influence.
  • "No Corporate Campaign Bribes Act" This proposal amends Wisconsin State Statutes to prohibit a corporation, cooperative association, labor organization, or federally recognized American Indian Tribe from making contributions to segregated funds established and administered by a political party or legislative campaign committee. This closes the segregated fund shell game loophole used to funnel additional money to committees.
  • Transparency for Campaign Contributions Act" This proposal requires any committee that receives campaign finance contributions of more than $100 cumulatively from an individual to report that individual’s place of employment and occupation, if any. Current Wisconsin law does not require the disclosure of any donor's place of employment, and only requires the reporting of the donor's occupation at the '$200 and up' level.

 

Amendment 16

Shared revenue:

  • Increases shared revenue by 15% this biennium and then provide annual increases of .02% going forward.

Amendment 17

Broadband Expansion Grant Program       

  • Adds $100 Million in General Purpose Revenue funding for broadband expansion grant program. Prioritizes unserved areas for grant funds, appropriates 85% of funding for counties with population less than 65,000 residents, prevents companies that have received federal grant funding from receiving state broadband funds, Defines the broadband speed of connection, allows use of state grant funds for project planning in underserved areas and requires an audit of the broadband expansion grant program.