Joint Finance Committee Votes by Agencies

 

Administration

Division of Gaming

Tribal Gaming Appropriations and General Fund Revenue (Paper #125),

-Modification adopted unanimously

Tribal Youth Wellness Center (Paper #126)

- Alt 1, which would approve Governor Evers’ request to fund a new youth substance abuse treatment center led by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council was adopted, 15-0.

UW-Green Bay (Paper #127)

- Alt 1, which would approve Governor Evers’ request to fund UW-Green Bay and Oneida Tribes program assistance grant. Funds would support Education Doctorate in First Nations Education and Education Center for First Nations Studies. Alt. 1 was adopted, 15-0.

 General Agency Provisions

Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #100),

Motion #35, offered by the Democrats removes the sunset from funding to the diesel truck idling reeducation program. Motion #35 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans moved the Modification, which removes funding for the diesel truck idling reduction program. Modification was adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Census Appropriation Creation (Paper #101)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to ensure a fully functional and up to date census program in order to ensure all Wisconsinites are accurately counted. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)
- Republicans took no action and maintained funding at current levels.

Modify TEACH program and Transfer Federal Fund (Paper #102)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to prevent companies from over-charging on internet services in the educational telecommunications access program; Alt. B1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to extend the sunset of the IT infrastructure grant program; Alt. C1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to correctly modify the application process of the IT infrastructure grant program so that is based on the most recent school year; Alt. D1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to eliminate the technology training grants program in order to better enhance broadband infrastructure; and Alt. E1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to delete the curriculum grant program in order to transfer those funds to broadband expansion grants. Alt. A1, B1, C1, D1, E1 were not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. A2, which takes no action and maintains funding at current levels; A3, which eliminates language in DOA’s statues; Alt. B1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to extend the sunset of the IT infrastructure grant program Alt. B3, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to reduce the funding in the IT infrastructure program, Alt. C3, which takes no action and maintains funding at current levels; Alt. D1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to eliminate the technology training grants program in order to better enhance broadband infrastructure; and Alt. E1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to delete the curriculum grant program in order to transfer those funds to broadband expansion grants. Alt, A2, A3, B1, B3, C3, D1, E1 were adopted, 11-3 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Modify Appropriation Authority for Risk Management (Paper #103)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to change the funding for the risk management program from an annual appropriation to continuing appropriation to better provide insurance coverage for state property, liability, and worker’s compensation losses. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)
- Republicans took no action and maintained funding at current levels.

Procurement and Risk Appropriation Creation (Paper #104)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to require DOA to even the playing field and charge fees to non-state entities for the use of procurement and risk management services, as it does for state agencies. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained funding at current levels.

Transfer Administration of Document Sales Program within DOA (Paper #105

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to transfer appropriations to better reflect the suggestion to rename the Division of Enterprise Operations to the Division of Enterprise Technology. Alt. 1 was adopted, 14-0.

Back Page Motions (No Paper)

- Democrats moved Item #12, which relates to the Economic Development Liaison Project Position that would ensure oversight and accountability over the Foxconn Project. However Co-Chair Rep. Nygren (R-Marinette) rejected moving the item on procedural grounds.

- Back Page Items #2, #8, and #10 were adopted, 14-0. 

 

Motion #131, offered by the Republicans would remove 41 positions from the Department of Personnel Management. Motion #131 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Motion #139, offered by the Republicans would obligate State Capitol Police work in conjunction with the City of Madison Police. Motion #139 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Administration – Facilities

Facilities Management Increase (Paper #120)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to reallocate funds to better fund salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, and services. Alt. 1 was adopted, 14-0.

Construction Representative Position (Paper #121)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which adds additional construction field staff positions. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained funding and staff at current levels.

Capital Planning and Building Construction Balance Transfer (Paper #122)

- Democrats moved Alt. 3, which takes no action and maintain funding at current levels. Alt. 3 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Motion #38, offered by Republicans changes the funding source of the capital planning and building construction services appropriation from the general fund to the building trust fund. Motion #38 was adopted, 11-3 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke) 

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously.

 

Administration- Housing and Energy

Modification to Housing Assistance Programs (Paper #115)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governors’ recommendation to expand the homelessness prevention program which helps diminish the factors that lead to homelessness such as poverty, sudden loss of income, mental illness, shortage of housing supply, and domestic violence. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Motion #41, offered by the Republicans grants JFC authority for appropriating homeless prevention initiatives. Motion #41 was adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

 

Administration - Transfers

Transfer Administration of High-Voltage Impact Fees (Paper #110)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to transfer the administration of construction fees and operation of transmission lines from DOA to PSC. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained fees at current levels

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

 

Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Motion #140, offered by the Democrats includes paper #135, #136, #137, #138, #139, #140, #141, and #529. This motion would approve the Governor’s recommendation to invest in Dairy Assistance programs, add 3 positions to assist hemp farmers, improve mental health for farmers, increase educational opportunities by investing in additional Farm-to-School grants, and advocate for local business by adding investments in Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants. In addition, this motion works to address the drinking water crisis by adding 5 positions to regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOS). Regarding the UW-system, this motion also invests $15 million for the Dairy Innovation hub. This motion supports Wisconsin farmers by targeting areas that need the most assistance and would benefit the entire state. Motion #140 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Motion #143, offered by the Republicans includes paper #135, #136, #137, #138, #139, #140, #141, and #529This motion would fund DATCP programs at a significantly lower investment than recommended by the Governor. This motion underfunds essential farming programs, ignores provisions that add oversight for CAFOS, which jeopardizing clean drinking water. The motion also funds Dairy Innovation Hub through the Joint Finance Committee's supplemental appropriation, which would require UW-Madison to request the funds at a later date.  Motion #143 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Board on Aging and Long-Term Care

Ombudsman Program Staff (Paper #160)

- Democrats moved Alt.1, which approves Governor’s recommendation to add 3 positons to the Board on Aging and Long-Term care to better provide services to people over the age of 60. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained staffing at current levels.

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously\

 

Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

Motion #146, offered by the Republicans would convert funding from Program Revenue to General Purpose revenue, which transfers the burden to the taxpayers. Motion #142 was adopted. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Backpage motions were adopted unanimously.

Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

Budget Management and Compensation Reserves

Compensation Reserves Overview and Fringe Benefit Costs (Paper #170)

- Democrats moved, Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s proposal to adjust the state’s compensation reserves to ensure state employees get their full fringe benefits. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. 2, which adjusts the state high deductible plan instead of putting more money in the reserves to ensure state employees receive their full fringe benefits. This process is less reliable and requires assistance from the Employee Trust Fund and Group Insurance board for implementation. Alt. 2 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Reserves for General Salary- Related Provisions (Paper #171)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase salaries to fairly compensate state employees; Alt, B1 which increases salaries in areas where retention and recruitment are necessary; Alt. C1, which increases University of Wisconsin minimum wages to $15 an hour. Alt. A1, B1, and C1 were not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to adjust salaries to fairly compensate state employees; Alt. B5, which only increases salaries in areas where retention and recruitment are necessary by a fraction of what the Governor’s proposal recommends; Alt. C2, which fails to increase wages for UW staff members. Alt. A1, B5, C2 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Compensation for Certain Correctional Positions (Paper #172)

- Motion #81, moved by the Republicans would increase correctional officers’ wages, but fails to make up for years of Republican neglect to correctional officers. Motion #81 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Compensation for certain State Crime Lab Positions (Paper 173)

- Alt. 1 was moved, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase salaries for forensic science staff at the Department of Justice. Alt.1 was adopted, 15-0.

General Fund Structural Balance (Paper 174)

- Motion #148, offered by the Republicans would make an all-encompassing ban against bills that estimate higher expenditures than revenues in the general fund. Motion #148 was not adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Building Commission, Appropriation Obligation Bonds, and Building Program

Motion #128, offered by the Democrats includes Building Commission Papers #175, #176, and #177, Building Program, and Appropriation Obligation Bonds. This motion approves the Governor’s recommendation for the capitol budget, which makes critical investments in communities across the state. The budget includes statewide investments in UW-System facilities that support higher education, state parks, and forests projects that protects our natural resources, and upgrades to veterans homes to care and honor our veterans. The motion also includes projects that boosts Wisconsin’s economy by improving the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Medical College Cancer Research Facility, Greater Green Bay Visitor Education Center, and the Tribune Economic and Community Hub. Motion #128 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Motion #147 offered by Republicans includes papers #176 and #177. This motion includes some of Governor Evers’ recommendation, but neglects to include funding for the new state office building in Milwaukee, the Alliant Energy Center expansion in Madison, the Potawatomi and Pattison State Parks, the Coate/Sanford Hall Renovations and Prairie Springs Science Center (Phase II) at UW-La Crosse, and some other needs projects. This motion pits communities against each other by picking winners and losers. Motion #147 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Click here for a full list of projects that were proposed by Gov. Evers, compared to the ones passed by the Republicans.

 

Children and Families

Omnibus Motions

 - Democrats offered Omnibus Motion #110 that includes papers #186, #187, #188, #189, #190, #205, #206, #207, #208, #209, #210, #215. This motion approves the Governor's recommendation to invest in the Children’s First Program which provides necessary care and guidance to low-income families, increases reimbursements and child-care subsidies rates to support Wisconsin parents, enhances support to child-care providers, increases grant money for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)- which is a federal program that helps needy families achieve self-sufficiency, invests in the earned income tax credit (EITC) which encourages Wisconsinites to find jobs and stay employed,  and much more. These investments not only support our children and families, but also grows opportunities for Wisconsin’s future. This motion supports programs that put young people and families on the path to prosperity. Motion #110 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 - Republicans offered Omnibus Motion #111, which includes papers #185, #186, #187, #188, #189, #190, #205, #206, #207, #208, #209, #210, #215. This motion fails to invest fully in child care services, economic support initiatives, and other vital programs. This motion continues to neglect child care services, which have been unaffordable and inaccessible for Wisconsin families and ignores proven strategies to boosts Wisconsin’s middle class. Motion #111 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 -Democrats offered Motion #112, which is an amendment to Motion #111 to increase TANF reimbursement rates. This simple amendment rejects the TANF estimate modification, which would expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. The Democratic amendment grows Wisconsin’s middle class, invests in working families, and gives must needed tax-relief to Wisconsinites. Motion #112 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Circuit Court

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously.

Court of Appeals

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously.

 

Corrections
Omnibus Motion 

Motion #91 offered by the Democrats included papers #172, #230, #236, #238, #239, #240, #241, #245, and #246. Motion #91 make strides to make up for years of neglecting Wisconsin’s prisons and correctional officers. The motion raises wages for corrections officers, improves benefits and working conditions, invests in anti-recidivism programs, and more. The motion goes beyond just raising wages and combats systematic problems in our prisons and takes a huge step forward to give correctional officers the respect they deserve. After eight years of Republican neglect, this motion gives correctional officers a seat at the table to make crucial decisions involving working conditions, quality of life, and systemic improvements to our prison system. Motion #91 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #79 offered by the Republicans that included papers #230, #235, #236, #238, #241, #245, and #246, which raises correctional workers’ salaries, but makes cuts to the Governor’s proposals to increase funding for the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) program and Window to Works program, which reduces recidivism, decreases funding for additional beds for people suffering from mental illness, and cuts staffing and operation costs to two major correctional facilities. This motion failed to address the major problems with Wisconsin’s correctional system and make up for years of mismanagement and under-funding. Motion #79 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)
 

District Attorneys, Public Defenders, and Circuit Courts

Motion #104 offered by the Democrats, included papers #270, #271, #545. Motion #104 would approve the Governor’s recommendation to increase hourly rates for Assistant Attorney General, Public Defenders and District Attorneys, indexes the hourly rate to compensate for inflation, adds an additional district attorney position, and increases the private bar rate to provide fair and equitable wages to ensure Wisconsin is attracting top justice talent. After years of stagnant wages, this motion would solve the crisis of funding these essential positions, especially in areas of most need, to our justice system. Motion #104 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #103 offered by the Republicans, included papers #270, #271, #545. Motion #103 fails to increase wages to Assistant Attorney Generals, Public Defender, and District Attorneys and neglects to add the index which ensures a long term solution to fund these essential positions. This motion also prevents Milwaukee from adding 4 prosecutor positions that would help prevent drug trafficking and gang-related crime. Motion #103 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

Educational Communications Board  

K-12 Educational Services Division (Paper #275)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would invest in K-12 support staff and other educational services. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action

Back Page Motions (No Papers) were adopted unanimously.

 

Elections Commission

Electronic Registration Information Center (Paper #280)

- Republicans moved Alt. 1 and Alt. 3, which provides funding for election related expenditures from state funds rather than federal funds that are offered to the state. Republicans rejected federal funds that could be used to improve voter registration. Alt. 1 and Alt. 3 were adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

 

Employment Relations Commission

Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

Motion #12 offered by the Republicans would result in less funding for services provided by the Employment Relations Commission. Motion #12 was adopted 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke

 

Employee Trust Funds

Modify 2015 Opt-Out Stipend Exclusion (Paper #285)

Democrats moved Alt. 2, which updates the health care opt-out stipend eligibility for public employees so that people who opted-out in 2015 are now eligible to receive the stipend if they meet certain guidelines. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke) 

- Republicans took no action and maintained eligibility statuses at current levels.

 

Environmental Improvement Fund 

Program Changes (Paper #295)

Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase bonding to fund the clean water fund program, which is instrumental in cleaning Wisconsin’s drinking water; B1 which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase bonding to fund the safe drinking water loan program, which gives assistance to Wisconsin’s municipalities when ensuring clean and safe drinking water; and C1, which extends the safe drinking water loan program from 20 years to 30 years to ensure that municipalities who are taking on large water cleaning projects receive the support they need. Alt A1, B1, C1 were adopted, 15-0.

- Motion #43, offered by the Democrats adds $35 Million for lead pipe replacement into the state budget, which would be a major step in addressing Wisconsin’s water contamination crisis. Co-Chair Rep. Nygren (R-Marinette) blocked the motion Sen. Erpenbach (D- West Point) appealed the decision to block the motion. The decision to block the motion was approved, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Ethics Commission

Commissioner Per Diems (Paper #300)

- Alt 1, which approved the Governor’s recommendation to provide $1,600 GPR annually to fund commissioner’s per diems was adopted, 15-0.

- Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

Financial Institutions

Information Technology Modernization (Paper #305)

- Democrats moved Alt.1, which approves the Governors’ recommendation to improve cybersecurity and update the technology used at the Department of Financial Institutions. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11 (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. 2, which only funds the technology upgrades on a one-time basis. Alt. 2 was adopted, 11-4 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 GPR- Earned Re-estimate (Paper #306)

- Modification was unanimously adopted

Back Page Motion (No Paper) were adopted unanimously

Fox River Navigational System Authority

No Papers were issued

 

Governor

Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

General Fund Taxes—Income and Franchise Taxes

 

Motion #149 offered by the Democrats includes papers #315, #316, #317, #318, #319, #320, #321, #322, #323, #324, #325, #326, #327, #328, #329, #330, #331, #332, #345, #350, #351, #352, #353, and #625. This motion would approve the Governor’s substantial tax plan that puts the needs of farmers and middle-class families first. This plan restores tax fairness, promotes economic opportunities, and strengthens communities in order to build an economy that works for everyone. This plan cuts taxes for Wisconsin families by creating the Family and Individual Reinvestment (FAIR) tax credit to provide a 10% cut in individual income taxes for most middle-class tax filers, lowers taxes for 80% of Wisconsinites who have net tax liability, enhances the Homestead Tax Credit to provide increased relief to seniors, expands the earned income tax credit to support working families, includes a program to assist first-time home owners, brings relief for families by boosting the child and dependent care tax credit, and ensures wealthy manufactures pay their fair share. Gov. Evers’ plan works to ensure that everyone gets a fairs shot, everyone pays their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. This motion was blocked by the Republicans.

 

Motion #150 offered by the Republicans includes papers #315, #316, #317, #318, #319, #320, #321, #322, #323, #324, #325, #326, #327, #328, #329, #330, #331, #332, #345, #350, #351, #352, #353, and #625. This motion would continue the Republican trend of handing tax breaks to foreign corporations, wealthy individuals, and big businesses that outsources Wisconsin jobs, while hiking taxes on working families. The plan lowers income tax relief by half of what was proposed by Gov. Evers, cuts $9 million from Governor’s recommendation for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and block fair tax wealthy manufacturers from paying their fair share. Other provisions the Republicans failed to add in their tax plan includes incentives to businesses to be more energy efficient, research credit for private businesses, and a program to help first-time buyers. This Republican tax plan favors the wealthy while shifting more of the tax burden onto working families. Motion #150 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Health Services

Care and Treatment Services

Winnebago Mental Health Institute Operations (Paper #405)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which fully funds 51 new positions at Winnebago Mental Health Institute to create a separate admissions unit and to increase evening and nighttime supervisory staff for the biennium. 1 was not adopted, 4-10. (Voting yes- Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

- Republicans moved Alt. 2, which would provide fewer positions for a shorter period of time in the first year of biennium. Alt 2 was adopted, 10-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Forensic Unit Expansion at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center (Paper #406)

- Alt. 1, which approved Gov. Evers’ request for a Forensic Services unit at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center was adopted, 14-0.

Overtime (Paper #407)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would fully fund well-deserved overtime costs at the Department of Health Service’s care and treatment residential facilities

- Motion #33, offered by the Republicans included Governor Evers’ requests to fund overtime costs but requires an undue burden on the Department of Health Services to request the funds from the Joint Finance Committee. Motion #33 was adopted, 4-10. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Wisconsin Resource Center Expansion (Paper #408)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would increase the capacity Wisconsin Resource Center to ensure they can take on additional substance abuse treatment patients. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11 (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. 2, which reduced funding to the Department of Corrections. Alt. 2 was adopted, 11-4 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Fuel and Utilities (Paper #409)

- Modification adopted unanimously

Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility and Peer-Run Respite Centers for Veterans (Paper #410)

- Alt. 1a and 1b, which approved Gov. Evers’ request for a Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility and a Peer-Run Respite Center for Veterans was adopted, 15-0.

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

Omnibus Motions

Motion #109 offered by the Democrats, included papers #360, #361, #362, #363, #364, #365, #366, #367, #368, #369, #370, #371, #385, #386, #390, #391, #392, #393, #394, #395, #415, #416, #417, #418, #419, #425. This would approve the Governor’s recommendation to expand Medicaid. Medicaid Expansion would save hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars and cover tens of thousands of people who currently don’t have access to affordable healthcare. Medicaid Expansion is the anchor of DHS budget. Savings from accepting the federal funds would be reinvested in other health initiatives such as dental care.  Motion #109 was blocked by the Republicans.

Motion #113 offered by the Republicans, included papers #360, #361, #362, #363, #364, #365, #366, #367, #368, #369, #370, #371, #385, #386, #390, #391, #392, #393, #394, #395, #415, #416, #417, #418, #419, #425. This motion cuts Gov. Evers’ Budget’s recommendations for DHS. This Republican motion also significantly underfunds various programs including Hospital Access Payments, Community Health Benefits, Crisis Intervention, Dental Access Incentives, and Lead Exposure Prevention. In addition, this motion guts Gov. Evers’ Healthy women, Healthy Babies initiative. By rejecting Medicaid expansion, Wisconsin losses out on $324 Million and will now have to spend more General Purpose Revenue (GPR) to provide less coverage and fewer services. Motion #113 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)
Republicans offered Motion #114 that amended Motion #113 to compensate for a Republican mistake. Motion #114 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Higher Educational Aids Board

Wisconsin Grant Program (Paper #430)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to increase student grant funding to help alleviate student loans for students enrolled in the UW system, tech colleges, and tribal colleges. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11 (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke

- Republicans took no action and refused to increase student grant funding.

Minority Teacher Loan Program (Paper #431)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would approve the Governors recommendation to remove the minority teacher program due to low demand. Governor Evers has recommended other alternatives to increase teaching opportunities for minorities. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained the minority teacher program, despite a significant drop off in demand for the program.

Re-estimate Tuition Reciprocity Payment (Paper #432)

- Motion #59, offered by the Republicans would provide funding for scholarships in the Marquette University School of Dentistry, while ignoring other broad provisions that would alleviate higher education student loans. Motion #59 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Back Page motions

- Items #1, #6, and #11 were unanimously adopted.

- Democrats moved items #7 and #9, which would add additional grants to alleviate high education student loans. Items #7 and #9 were not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Historical Society

Additional Position Authority (Paper #435)

Motion #32, offered by Republicans regarding employment and an overall reduction in overall funding for the Historical Society. Motion #32 was adopted 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

Back Page Motions (No Paper)

- Democrats moved Item 2, which would add the position of Curator of American Indian Collections. Item 2 was not adopted, 4-10. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Items 1, 3, and 4, which included Standard Budget Adjustments, Debt Service Re-estimate, and Fuel and Utilities Re-estimate was adopted, 14-0.

Insurance

Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan (Paper #440)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1 which approves the Governor’s recommendation to substantially fund the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan (WHSP), which aims to reduce premiums paid by Wisconsinites who purchase health insurance in the individual market. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans offered Motion #122, which would fund WHSP at a much lower amount than proposed by the Governor. Motion #122 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Nonresident Insurance Appointment Fee (Paper #441)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governors’ recommendation to increase fees to healthcare insurers who are non-Wisconsin residents in order to generate additional OCI revenue. Alt.1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained the fee at current levels.

Healthcare Outreach Position (Paper #442)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1 which approves the Governor’s recommendation to enhance consumer protections and help regulate the insurance market. The motion would also add 5 positions to improve health care education and outreach. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-12). (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Motion #126, which fails to add the positions to improve healthcare education and outreach. Motion #126 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Back Page Motions

- Backpage motion items #1, #3, #6, #8 were adopted unanimously.

Investment Board

No Issue Papers Have Been Prepared

Judicial Commission

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously.

 

Justice

Omnibus Motion

Motion #121, offered by the Republicans includes paper #455, #456, #457, #458, #459, #460, and #461. This motion approves the Governor’s recommendation for funding to crime lab analysts, pay progression, investigative resources, and an $8 million increase for the treatment alternatives and diversion (TAD) program, which provides the justice system with options to offer offenders the opportunity to enter into substance abuse treatment, case management, and other risk reduction services as a safe alternative to jail or prison confinement. Motion #121 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #127, offered by the Republicans includes paper #455, #456, #457, #458, #459, #460, and #461.. This motion funds justice programs and resources at a significantly lower rate than recommended by the Governor. Motion #127 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Juvenile Correction

Motion #136, offered by the Democrats included paper #251, #252, #211,and #212. This motion would approve the Governor’s recommendation to close the problematic Lincoln Hills Juvenile facility once all juveniles are transferred to Secured Residential Care Centers (SRCCs) or new state facilities. This motion also raises the age of adult jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age. Motion #136 was blocked by the Republicans.

Motion #138, offered by the Republicans includes paper #251, #252, #211,and #212. This motion would neglect to raise the age of adult jurisdiction to 18, removes reimbursements for counties that construct new SRCCs, and makes no modifications to the timeline for closing Lincoln Hills. After years of irresponsible Republican oversight on Lincoln Hills that failed to protect the staff and juveniles at the facility, Republican lawmakers continue to mishandle the process and further jeopardize the health and safety of Wisconsinites at Lincoln Hills. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Kickapoo Reserve Management Board

Forester Position (Paper 465)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1 which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add a forester position and additional funding in order to protect the reserve’s forest and grassland. Alt.1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained staffing and funding at current levels.

Labor and Industry Review Commission

No papers were prepared.

 

Back Page Motions (No Paper)

- Democrats moved Item #1, standard budget adjustments. Item #1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Legislature (No Papers)

Motion #60, offered by the Democrats would prohibit the Legislature from hiring outside council and spending taxpayers dollars to draft unconstitutional redistricting maps. Motion #60 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Back page motions were adopted unanimously.

Lieutenant Governor

Operations Support (Paper #480)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would add a position in the office of Lt. Governor. Alt 1 was not adopted, 4-10. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action.

Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board 

No Papers were issued

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

 

Military Affairs

Office of Emergency Communications Transfer to DOT (Paper #500)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to transfer the Office of Emergency Communication (OEC) from Office of Military Affairs to Department of Transportation. Alt. A1 would also add a position in OEC in order to ensure the upmost safety when responding to emergencies. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #70, offered by Republicans would keep the OEC within the Department of Military Affairs, which rejects the Governor’s recommendation. Motion #70 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

State Disaster Assistance Program (#Paper 501)

- Democrats, moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to use funding from the state disaster assistance program for electricity cable replacement on Washington Island; Alt. A2, which allows the Washington Island Electric Cooperative to use the funds to replace electricity cable replacement. Alt. 1 and Alt. A2 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved, Alt. 1, which approves the electricity cable replacement in Washington Island; B2; which only allows private retail electric companies to use the funds to replace the cable. Alt. A1 and B2 were adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #71, offered by Republicans would replace equipment used by hazardous substances emergency response teams. Motion #71 was unanimously approved.

Back Page Motions (No Papers).

- Democrats moved Items #4 and #5, which would add funds for Emergency Management. Motion was not adopted. 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Items #1, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #10 were unanimously adopted.

 

Medical College of Wisconsin

Family Medical Residence Program (Paper #495)

- 1 was adopted to expand Medical College of Wisconsin’s family residency training programs, 14-0.

Medical Student Tuition Assistance (Paper #496)

- Alt 1 was moved by Democrats that would provide additional funding for Medical student tuition. Alt 1 was not adopted, 4-10. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans took no action and maintained funding at current levels.

 

Natural Resources

Conservation and Recreation


Motion #145 offered by the Democrats includes papers #515, #516, #517 ,#519, #520, #522, and #523. This motion would reauthorize the Nelson Stewardship program for 10 years to protect Wisconsin’s vital public lands. This motion also includes increasing wages for state park workers, adding grants for Forest Fire protection, investing in combating Chronic Waste Disease, improving the Law Enforcements Radio system, and boosting essential conservation and recreational investments. Motion #145 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Motion #144 offered by the Republicans includes paper #515, #516, #517 ,#519, #520, #522, and #523. This motion would only fund the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program for 2 years at the current funding level and fund other conservation and recreational programs at a significantly lower rate than recommended by the Governor. Motion #144 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)


Omnibus Motions 
Motion #107 offered by the Democrats, included papers #510, #511, #525, #526, #527, #528, #529, #530, #531, #532, #533, #534, #535, #536, and #537. This motion approves the Governors recommendation to increase annual and application fees for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and creates 5 positions to oversee CAFOs are held accountable for manure spills. This motion increases funds available to replace contaminated wells, lowers limits for nitrates and arsenic in our drinking water to keep our kids and families safe, and increases funding for county conservation staff who will help implement critical water quality programs. This motions invests in science-based decision making and is key to ensuring future generations have access to clean air, land and water. Motion #107 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Motion #105 moved by the Republicans included papers #510, #511, #525, #526, #527, #528, #529, #530, #531, #532, #533, #534, #535, #536, and #537. This motion rejects the Governor’s recommendation to invest in comprehensive solutions that provide necessary resources to address the drinking water crisis in Wisconsin. This motion neglects adequate funding to monitor CAFOs, replace contaminated wells, and add staff to improve water quality. This motion fails to preserve Wisconsin’s heritage and conservation values and misses essential opportunities to ensure access to clean drinking water. Motion #105 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Omnibus Motion

Motion #5 offered by the Republicans and would remove 131 items from Governor Evers’ budget from consideration. Motion #5 eliminated Medicaid expansion from the budget, which will jeopardize critical investments for schools, roads and health care. The motion also removed funding for lead pipe replacement, nonpartisan redistricting, medical marijuana, marijuana decriminalization and closing the Dark Store loophole. Motion #5 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #17 offered by the Democrats would keep the Governor’s provision to expand Medicaid that would have saved the state millions, lowered premiums for families, and ensured more access to affordable health coverage. Motion #17 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Program Supplements 

No Papers were prepared


Motion #14,
offered by the Republicans, strips the Department of Corrections’ ability to use the Discretionary Merit Compensation program in response to the recent use of the program at DOC. Motion #14 was adopted 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Public Instruction 

Omnibus Motions

Motion #95 offered by the Democrats, included papers #550, #551, #552, #553, #554, #555, #556, #557, #570, #571, #572, #573, #574, #575, #576, #577, #578, #579, #580, #581, #582, #583, #590, #591, #592, #593, #600, #601, #602, #603, and #604. Motion #95 would approve the Governor’s recommendation to provide a significant increase for students, special education services, and mental health care. The governor’s budget helps students succeed by recommitting the state to fund two-thirds of school revenues, investing $1.4 billion in classrooms, and fully funding $600 million in special education services. This makes critical investments to ensure every student has the best opportunity to go ahead. Making these crucial investments will result in better economic outcomes for future generations and work to make up for years of underfunding and underserving our schools and communities. Motion #95 was blocked by the Republicans.

Motion #94 offered by the Republicans which included papers #550, #551, #552, #553, #554, #555, #556, #557, #570, #571, #572, #573, #574, #575, #576, #577, #578, #579, #580, #581, #582, #583, #590, #591, #592, #593, #600, #601, #602, #603, and #604, which guts Governor Evers’ education budget. After Republicans made historic cuts to public schools while giving millions in tax giveaways to the wealthy and special interests, they continue to hamstring public schools in communities throughout the state. This motion deprives kids the opportunity of a quality education by wiping out the Governor’s investments in classrooms, special education services, mental health care, and rural schools. In addition, this motion cuts the Governor’s special education funding by 83%. Republicans are continuing to neglect our schools and communities, who can’t afford to lay off teachers, eliminate courses, and defer safety and maintenance projects. This motion ignores the overwhelming public support of Wisconsinites that support the Governor’s education plan. Motion #94 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)


Motion #96, offered by the Democrats amends Omnibus Motion #94 to approve the Governors’ recommendation to fully fund $600 million for special education. After a decade of stagnant funding, this motion would increase special education funding by 30% in the first year, and 60% in the second. This increase is a much needed and highly sought after investment from school administrators across the state. Schools districts in Wisconsin have taken the burden of the responsibility to fund vital and mandated special education services due to Republican’s refusal to invest in those programs. Democrats are proposing $606 million more in funding for high cost special education, while providing an additional $7 million over the biennium to increase incentives for districts that help students in special education services to transition to higher education. Motion #96 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Public Service Commission

Broadband Provisions

Broadband Expansion Grants (Paper 610)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, Alt. B1, and Alt. C2, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to award grants to organizations and utilities that work to increase broadband access to underserved areas. Alt. A1, Alt. B1, and Alt. C2 were not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. A2a, which significantly reduces the amount of broadband grants that were recommended by the Governor. Alt. A2a was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Backpage Motion (No Papers) was adopted unanimously

 

Department-wide and Energy Programs 

Intervenor Compensation (Paper 615)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, Alt. 2, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add necessary financial assistance to organizations and individuals who choose to be an interveners in order to improve consumer protection. Alt. A1, Alt. 2 were not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. C1, which significantly reduces the amount of compensation to interveners that was recommended by the Governor. C1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Backpage Motion items #1 and #6 was adopted unanimously.


Motion #142 offered by Republicans would remove the three-year contract limit for sales with electric companies. This motion removes needed oversight to maintain safety and consumer protection. Motion #142 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

 

Revenue

Department wide

Back Page Motion (No Paper) was adopted unanimously

Lottery Administration

Lottery Fund Condition (Paper #630)

- Modification was unanimously adopted 

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously

Tax Administration

Expand Auditing Activity (Paper 625)

- Republicans set aside this paper to be reviewed at a later date

Collection fees Under State Debt Collection Programs (Paper 626)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to improve debt collection service to state agencies. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-12 (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

- Republicans set this paper aside to be reviewed at a later date

Democrats moved Backpage Motions items #2 and#3. Back-page motions were not adopted, 4-12 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

 

Safety and Professional Services

Professional and Trade Regulations Staff (Paper #635)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 9 positions to the Division of Legal Services and Compliance to better regulate professional regulations and improve compliance operations; B1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 3 positions for the Division of Policy Development to better provide policy guidance to professional boards; C1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 2 positions for the Division of Professional Credential Processing, to improve the credential application process; and D1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 6 positions for trade regulation to improve the process in which boards issue funding in the several trades related projects. Alt. A1, B1, C1, and D1 were not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)
- Republicans moved Alt. A2., which adds 5 positions to the Division of Legal Services and Compliance; B4, which adds no additional staff for the Division of Policy Development; C1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 2 positions for the Division of Professional Credential Processing, to improve the credential application process; and D2 which adds 4 positions for trade regulation. Alt. A2, B4, C1, D2 were adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Information Technology Projects (Paper #636)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to support one-time funding for information technology projects, B1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to support ongoing funding to support information technology projects. A1 and B1 were not adopted, 3-11. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Motion #40, offered by the Republicans would lower the one-time and on-going funding for information technology projects as compared to the Governor’s recommendations. Motion #40 was adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Grant Program (Paper #637)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to repeal the sunset on the private onsite wastewater treatment system grant program, which is instrumental to providing assistance to costs relating to repairing or replacing failing sewage treatment and disposal systems. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

- Republicans Moved Alt. 3, which would funds the grants for the private onsite wastewater treatment system grant program up in 2019-20, but lapses the program after 2020. Alt. 3 was adopted, 11-3. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Project Positions (Paper #638)  

- Modification was unanimously adopted

Fire Department Dues Distribution Estimate (Paper #639)

- Modification was unanimously adopted

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

Secretary of State

Back Page Motion (No Paper) was adopted unanimously.  
 

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief

Direct Aid Payments

County and Municipal Aid Increase (Paper #650)

-Democrats moved Alt. 1a, which would increase necessary local funding to Wisconsin cities and counties. Alt. 1a was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action which blocked critical funding for Wisconsin cities and counties. 

Public Utility Aid—Sum Sufficient Re-estimate (Paper #651)

- Modification adopted unanimously

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

Forestry Mill Rate – No issue papers have been prepared.

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously

County and Municipal Level Limits: Repeal of Negative Adjustment for Fees for covered Services, Exclusions for Cross-Border Transit Routes, and for Joint Emergency Dispatch Centers, expenditure Restraint Programs

Definition of Municipal Budget (Paper #665)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation which no longer requires municipalities and counties to adjust their levy limits if they receive additional revenue from tax fees and payments. Alt. A1 would put provide more flexibility and essential funds for Wisconsin’s cities and towns. Democrats moved Alt. B1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to exclude municipalities and counties from levy limits for projects that improve public transportation. Alt. B would incentivize municipalities and counties to invest in improving Wisconsin’s public transportation. Democrats moved Alt. C1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to exclude municipalities and counties from levy limits if they operate a joint emergency dispatch center. Alt A1, Alt. B1, and Alt. C1 were not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #53, offered by the Republicans removes “Storm Water Management” as one of the services that require a reduction of tax levies to counties and municipalities. This motion however would ignore several other provisions that would provide cities and counties with more flexibility and essential tax revenue. Motion #53 adopted, 15-0.

Motion #50, offered by the Republicans would create a state aid payment to compensate cities for revenue lost from video services, but would ignore the Governor’s provisions that provides additional revenue to Wisconsin’s cities and towns. Motion #50 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Motion #56, offered by the Democrats would inform taxpayers how the Dark Stores effects their property tax bill. Republicans blocked the motion.

Back Page Motions (No Paper) were unanimously adopted.

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief

Property Tax Credits

Farmland Preservation and Credit Re-estimate (Paper #660)

- Modification was unanimously adopted.

2018(9) First Dollar Credit Re-estimate (Paper #661)

- Modification was approve unanimously

Back Page Motion (No Paper) was unanimously adopted

 

State Fair Park

Convert Limited-Term Employees to Full-Time Employees (Paper #675)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to change the classification of 3 LTE positions to full Time positions at the State Fair Park to fairly classify and compensate fair workers. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 3-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Goyke)


Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

 

State Treasurer

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously

Supreme Court

Back Page Motion (No Paper), was adopted unanimously.

 

Tourism

Marketing Increases (Paper# 690)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase marketing funds to advertise Wisconsin’s rich scenery, history, and culture; Alt. B1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase marketing funds specifically to boost visitors for the Ryder Cup and the Democratic National Convention; Alt. C1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add a position for the Department of Tourism to enhance the department’s marketing operation; and Alt. D1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase funds for tribal gaming allocated to the Native American tourism of Wisconsin. Marketing in tourism has historically a large return on investment and in the long term, this investment would put more money back in the state. Alt. A1, Alt, B1, Alt. C1, and Alt. D1 were not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #90, offered by the Republicans provides significantly less funding for department of tourism’s marketing operation and added bureaucracy to the funding process which stagnates the marketing operation. Motion #90 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Video Productions Staff (Paper #691)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to add 2 positions in order to move video production internally in order to promote Wisconsin’s tourism industry and make the department’s video production process more efficient. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #88, offered by Republicans significantly reduces investments to the Department of Tourism for marketing purposes. Motion #88 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Office of Outdoor Recreation (Paper# 692)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s proposal to create the office of Outdoor Recreation and takes a big step forward to promote Wisconsin’s number 1 tourist attraction and major economic driver- the outdoors. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved Alt. 2, which creates the office of Outdoors Recreation, but adds unnecessary bureaucracy to the department and mandates evaluation after 2 years. Alt. 2 was adopted, 11-4 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Delete Office of Marketing Services (Paper #693)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s proposal to delete the marketing clearinghouse, which provides marketing services to state agencies and has never been fully implemented. Alt. 1 creates a long-term position to handle these services within the Department of Tourism. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)
- Republicans moved Alt. 3, which would fund the marketing position with program revenue, which makes funding for the position unreliable. Alt. 3 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke),

State Aid for the Arts (Paper# 694

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which approves the Governor’s proposal to add crucial funding for the arts for grants, contracts, and aid all over the state. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action and failed to increase funding for the arts.

Back Page Motions (No Paper), were adopted unanimously.

 

Transportation

Omnibus

Motion #117, offered by the Democrats included Papers #695, #696, #710, #711, #712, #713, #720, #721, #722, #723, #724, #725, #730, #731, #732. This motion would approve the Governor’s recommendation for a long-term solution to fix our crumbling infrastructure. The plan adds an eight cent indexed gas tax increase. The Governor’s recommendation funds transportation at over $500 million more than the previous budget, including approximately $73 million from out of state drivers. The plan also pairs back most of the GPR transfer included in previous budgets. Motion #117 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #130, offered by the Republicans included Papers #695, #696, #710, #711, #712, #713, #720, #721, #722, #723#724, #725, #730, #731, #732. This motion increases title and registration fees on Wisconsin motorist. It also transfers $177 million in GPR to the transportation fund, including a one-time use of $90 million in budget surplus funds for local roads improvements. This near-sighted plan fails to address our crumbling roads and neglects to hold out-of-state drivers accountable. Motion #130 was adopted, 11-5. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Stroebel, Taylor, Goyke)

 

State Patrol

Public Safety Radios (Paper #745)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would replace outdated public safety radios, with a modern system that would enhance community safety. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action.

Allow Private Salvage Vehicle Inspections (Paper #746)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would establish requirements for private salvage vehicle inspections. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans moved to take no action.

Back Page Motion (No Paper) was adopted unanimously

Motor Vehicles

Postage Increase (Paper #740)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to increase postage funding to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans move Alt. B2, which would use the wheel tax revenue to pay for the increase of postage to the DMV, which increases fees on car owners. Alt. B2 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #62, offered by the Democrats would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the effects of the common-sense and popular proposal to provide drivers licenses and ID cards to undocumented people. Motion #62 was blocked by the Co-Chair, Rep. Nygren (R-Marinette).

 

Department-wide

DOT Administrative Facilities (Paper #750)

- Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to state bonding when funding necessary road improvement projects. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Republicans move Alt. 2, which would require DOT to use their limited revenue to fund these projects. Alt. 2 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Back Page were unanimously adopted.

 

University of Wisconsin System

Omnibus Motions

Motion #100 offered by the Democrats papers #755, #756, #757, #758, #759, #760, #761. This would have approved Gov. Evers’ recommendation to invest heavily in the UW-System. The motion fully funds the tuition freeze, funds programs for student success and attainment, and adds a supplemental pay plan to attract top faculty at UW institutions. The motion would also fund a program that establishes fellowship and loans to nursing students, which helps tackle the current nursing worker shortage. This motion reaffirms the Democrats and Gov. Evers’ commitment to fund the UW-System, which in turn develops Wisconsin’s future and builds meaningful careers in our state. The UW-System contributes $24 billion to local economies around Wisconsin. This motion provides necessary funding to continue the crucial impact that UW-System has on every community and keep quality higher education affordable for all Wisconsin students. Motion #100 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Motion #102 offered by the Republicans included papers #755, #756, #757, #758, #759, #760, #761. This motions fails to fund the tuition freeze, eliminates $45 million for student attraction and retention efforts in high-demand areas including science, technology, engineering, math, health care and business. This motion also cuts fellowships and loan forgiveness to nursing students. Motion #102 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Veterans Affairs

General Fund Supplement to the Veterans Trust Funds (Paper 770)

- Republicans moved Alt 2, which supplements additional funds to the Veterans Trust Fund if the fund is deemed to have an insufficient amount. Alt. 2 was adopted, 16-0.

State Veterans Homes (Paper 771)

- Republicans moved Alt.1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to increase funding for nursing staff at Veterans Homes. Alt. 1 was adopted, 16-0

Back-page motions were approved unanimously.

Volkswagen Settlement

Volkswagen Settlement (Paper 505)

- Democrats moved Alt. A1, Alt. B1, Alt. C1, Alt. D1, which approves the Governor’s recommendation to allocate settlements funds to public transit and electric charging stations, allows the DOA secretary to allocate the funding as he sees fit, restricts the DOA’s ability to use General Purpose Revenue of state agencies to fund the replacement of state fleet vehicles, and increases shared revenue payments to cities and towns that receive Volkswagen settlement funds. Alt. A1, B1, C1, D1 were not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Motion #129, offered by the Republicans would neglect Gov. Evers recommendation to help fund environmentally friendly transit systems. Motion #129 was adopted, 12-4 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Information Sharing Between WEDC and DOR (Paper 775)

- Motion #125, offered by the Democrats would work to improve accountability with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which has a long track record of mismanaging taxpayer’s funds. Motion #125 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Motion #123, offered by the Republicans would pump money into WEDC’s Fabrication Laboratories Grants without regulation or oversight. Motion #123 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Motion #124, offered by the Republicans would allocate funds to fuel an aircraft tanker. Motion #124 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Democrats moved Alt, 2, which would limit WEDC’s authority to examine confidential tax records. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Democrats moved Backpage items #1, #3, #5, #9, #10, #11. Backpage items were not adopted.

 

Wisconsin Technical College System

General Aid (Paper #790) 

-Democrats moved Alt. 4, which would fully fund the request from the Wisconsin Technical colleges to help thousands of Wisconsinites gain access to higher paying jobs. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke).

- Motion #69, offered by the Republicans would fund Technical Colleges at levels that are substantially lower than the recommendations from the Tech College system. This motion fails to fully invest in a system after years of GOP cuts. Motion #69 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Workforce Development 

Department-wide

No papers were prepared.

- Democrats moved Motion #68, which would require the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to prepare a report on best practices and policies that states have implemented that have shown success in increasing worker wages, growing labor force, addressing income inequality and racial disparities in unemployment, and other issues related to improving the lives of working people and families. Motion #68 was not adopted, 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke

Back Page Motions (No Paper), Item #1, #3, and #5 were adopted unanimously

 

Employment and Training

Wisconsin Fast Forward, Shipbuilder Employee Training Grants, Project Search, and Wisconsin career creator (Paper 800)

 - Motion #73, offered by the Democrats, would adopt Alt. A2, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation to fund training for shipbuilders and Alt. B1, which would approve workforce grants that would be awarded to companies that provide services to people with disabilities. Motion #73 was not adopted 4-11. (Voting, yes, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

- Motion #74, offered by the Republicans, would adopt Alt. A2 and Alt. B2 as well as several other grants and programs. Motion #74 was adopted, 11-4. (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)

Back Page Motions (No Paper) were adopted unanimously.

 

Unemployment Insurance

No Issue Papers Have Prepared

Back Page Motions (No Paper) were adopted unanimously.

 

Wrap-up Motion #999

Motion #999 gives authority to Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) to make necessary corrections in funding, language, or anything other changes to reflect the actions and intent of the committee. This motion also recommends the passage of all the motions and actions adopted by the Joint Finance Committee. Motion #999 was adopted, 12-4.  (Voting no, Erpenbach, Johnson, Taylor, Goyke)