Senate Leader Jennifer Shilling
Assembly Leader Peter Barca
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Joint Finance Committee Votes by Agencies

 

Department of Administration
Division of Gaming

  • Tribal Gaming Appropriations and General Fund Revenue (Paper #135), modification adopted unanimously. 
  • Tribal Youth Treatment Facility (Paper #136)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2 which would fund a feasibility study and business plan for the potential creation of a Tribal youth wellness center in a one time sum of $200,000 instead of the Governor's proposal to transfer $100,000 each year of the biennium. Alt. 2 was adopted, 16-0.


General Agency Provisions

  • Division of Hearings and Appeals Electronic Records (Paper #100)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2 that would maintain current law that the Dept. of Hearings and Appeals must type or print a record of a contested case to ensure accurate record keeping for state agencies. Alt. 2 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1 that could delay litigation and reduce transparency. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Division of Hearings and Appeal Worker’s Compensation Court Reporters (Paper #101)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4 that would ensure reduced time and cost of litigation hearings. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 3 that could create more litigation without proper court record keeping. Alt. 3 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Division of Hearings and Appeals Case Management System (Paper #102)
    • Alt. 3 would provide funding for a case management system. Alt. 3 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Service Award Program Changes (Paper #103)
    • Democrats moved Alt. B3, C2, D1, D2 that would help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and EMS. Alt. B3, C2, D1, D2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. B1, C2, D1, D2 which would fail to appropriately fund at a level necessary to address the shortage crisis for firefighter and EMS volunteer services. Alt. B1, C2, D1, D2 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Eliminate GPR Funding and Position for Relocation Assistance (Paper #104)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3 which would protect individuals whose property is taken by government entities. Alt. 3 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2 which would shift the costs of relocation assistance to local governments. Alt. 2 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Modify Postage Expenditure Authority (Paper #105)
    • Alt. 1 which would re-estimate postage costs annually, adopted 16-0.
  • Modify Appropriation Authority for Risk Management (Paper #106)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2 which would make changes to the Risk Management program that could have an adverse effect to program costs with regard to excess insurance premiums or other administrative expenses. Alt. 2 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Eliminate Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program (Paper #107)
    • Alt. 2 which would maintain the program that improves fuel efficiency and lowers air pollution through grants to freight motor carriers was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #150 offered by the Republicans would require each executive branch agency to include a fee report on budget request submitted biannually. 


Transfers

  • Transfer Human Resources Functions to DOA (Paper#110)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4, which would eliminate the Governor’s recommendation to consolidate more power into the Department of Administration. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #237 offered by Republicans, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation consolidating power in the DOA and require a report to the Finance Committee every year regarding cost effectiveness and performance metrics. Motion #237 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • College Savings Program (Paper #111)
    • Technical modification, passed unanimously 16-0.
  • Positions for Information Technology Purchasing (Paper #112)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 5, which would eliminate the Governor’s recommendation and prevent additional consolidation of power within DOA. Alt. 5 was not adopted, 4-16. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #242 offered by Republicans would move more positions to DOA and consolidate power. Motion #242 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #227 offered by Sen. Taylor would ensure that a percentage of information technology purchases by the state be procured from minority businesses. The motion was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Facilities

  • Renewable Energy Appropriations for State Facilities (Paper #120)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4, which would delete the Governor’s recommendation to cap renewable energy. Alt. 4 was not adopted 4-12 (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation and cap renewable energy. Alt. 1 was adopted 12-4 (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Facility Security Continuing Appropriation (Paper #121)
    • Alt. 2C, 3C that would increase security services for state buildings was adopted unanimously 16-0.
  • Motion #241, which would require the Secretary of DOA to sign a lease for executive branch agencies that rent a space that costs more $500,000. Motion #241 was adopted 12-4 (Voting no, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Information Technology

  • Modify TEACH Program and Transfer Federal Funds (Paper #115)
    • Motion #280 which would provide funding for telecommunications access for educational agencies, teaching grants and provide an appropriation for aid to public library systems. Motion #280 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning System, IT Contractors, and State Controller’s Office Positions and Funding (Paper #116)
    • Republicans moved Alt. A1, B3, B4, which would consolidate more power to the Department of Administration was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #279, which would request the Legislative Audit Bureau conduct an audit of the state’s enterprise resource planning system including program operations and finances to increase transparency. Motion #279 was not adopted 4-11, 1 absent.(Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #312 was offered by Republicans and would require the DOA to provide a report to the Joint Finance Committee relating to the management of the enterprise resource planning and was adopted 16-0.
  • Self-Funded Portal Appropriation and Annual Report (Paper #117)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3a, 4, 5, which would maintain current law and provide enough funding along with accountability measures. Alt. 3a, 4, 5 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2, 4, 5 and would include accountability measures however doesn’t provide sufficient funding. Alt. 2, 4, 5 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Procurement

  • No budget papers issued.
  • Motion #290 was offered by Democrats and would require the Department of Administration attempt to ensure that at least 20% of total state procurements be from Wisconsin based businesses. Motion #290 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Housing

  • Homeless Employment Pilot Program (Paper #130)
    • Alt. 2 which would approve the homeless employment grant program and allow municipality to include a county. Alt. 2 was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Housing Grant Programs (Paper #131)
    • Alt. 2, which specifies that geographic areas among which housing cost grants and loans must be balanced to the areas served by each continuum of care organization by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Alt. 2 adopted unanimously, 16-0.

 

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections

  • Omnibus Motion #402 that included papers #140, #141, #142, #143, #144, #145 and #146 and would reject Governor Walker’s proposal to eliminate the Farm to School program. Motion #402 restored both the Farm to School coordinator position and the Farm to School Advisory Council in the budget. The motion also modified certain agricultural fees and surcharges, increased funding for the livestock premises registration program, and provides additional funding for county and district fairs. Additionally this motion allows DATCP to revise testing for fuel standard compliance. Motion #402 was adopted 16-0.

 

Appropriation Obligation Bonds

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

Board of Commissioners of Public Lands

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Board on Aging and Long Term Care

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #155) Alt. 2 adopted, 16-0. 

  • IRIS Ombudsman Services (Paper #156) Alt. 1 not adopted, 4-12. Alt 2 adopted, 12-4.

    • Currently, IRIS participants under 60 years old have an Ombudsman Program through Disability Rights of Wisconsin, and participants of Family Care over 60 years old have an Ombudsman Program through the Board on Aging and Long Term Care (BOALTC), but there has not been funding provided for the IRIS participants over 60 years old. The Governor’s budget created and provided funding for four Ombudsman positions for this purpose. Democrats introduced a motion to support these new positions, which failed on party-lines. Republicans, on a party line vote, cut two of the four proposed positions.

 

Budget Management and Compensation Reserves

  • Compensation Reserves (Paper #160)
    • Democrats moved Alt. A2, B1 which would increase wage adjustments for state employees. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Alt. A1, B2 which would approve a 2% general wage adjustments for state employees was approved, 16-0.
  • State Employee Group Health Program (Paper #161)
    • Motion #361 rejected the Governor’s self-insurance proposal that was seen as an unnecessary risk and possible disruption to the insurance marketplace. The motion includes additional cost saving measures. Motion #361 was adopted, 16-0.  
  • Transfer Funds to Budget Stabilization Fund (Paper #162)
    • The Governor’s recommendation to transfer funds to the budget stabilization fund was approved, 16-0.
  • Required General Fund Structural Balance (Paper #163)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 1, which would require the Governor’s office to create a balanced budget that does not exceed expenditures. Alt. 1 was adopted, 16-0.
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2, which would suspend the provision for the 2017-19 biennium. Alt. 2 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Compensation (Paper #642)
    • Democrats moved Alt. A4, B1, C3 which would address wage increases for UW and state workers to help attract and retain workers. Alt. A4, B1, C3, was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Alt. A2, B2, C3, which would provide a 2% wage increase for UW and other state employees was adopted, 16-0.

 

Building Commission

  • Omnibus Motion #406 that included Paper #170 expands the building program by more than $200 million and also included funding for project recommendations made by the Building Commission, which can be viewed here. Motion #406 was adopted 16-0.

 

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper).

 

Department of Children and Families
Department wide

  • Federal Revenue Re-estimates (Paper #185)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #159, which would allow fair government contracts for nonprofit child and family serving agencies. Motion #159 was adopted unanimously, 16-0.

 

Child Support

  • Supporting Parents Supporting Kids Demonstration Project (Paper #220)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0. 

 

Children and Families

  • Foster Care and Kinship Care Rates and Cost to Continue Kinship Care (Paper #190)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3 which would increase rates by 5% and attract and retain foster parents in foster care and kinship programs. Alt. 3 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voted yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1 to increase rates by 2.5% which is not sufficient to attract and retain foster parents. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Children and Families Aids Increase (Paper #191)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4 which would increase funding for Children and Family aids that allow counties to manage caseload increases. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1 that would fail to provide appropriate funding for county services related to child abuse and neglect. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Services for Victims of Sex Trafficking (Paper #192)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4 to increase funding for sex trafficking initiatives and would ensure residential and community-based services are funded throughout the state. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #158 offered by Republicans would partially fund services for sex trafficking initiatives. Motion #158 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Young Adult Employment Assistance Tax Credit (Paper #193)
    • Republicans voted against providing assistance to young adults with disabilities that are aging out of foster care by moving Alt. 4. Motion was adopted 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #145 would provide $2 million in funding to assist runaways and homeless youth. Motion #145 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #157 would provide a lesser amount of funding that doesn’t do enough to assist runaways and homeless youth. Motion #157 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Economic Support and Childcare

  • Revised Estimates for TANF-Related Programs (Paper #200)
    • Technical Modification approved unanimously 16-0.
  • Civil Legal Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (Paper #201)
    • Alt. 2, which would stabilize the continuation of TANF allocation for grants for civil legal services for low-income families relating to domestic violence, sexual abuse, was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • TANF Program Reduction Options (Paper #202)
  • Republicans moved Alt. E3, F3, H2, G1, which would eliminate programs that Democrats thought were worthwhile. Alt. E3, F3, H2, G1 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Democrats moved Alt. A4, B1, C1, D2, E2, F2, G1, H1, which would allocate money from TANF block grants to support child welfare prevention services outside Milwaukee County, expand child welfare safety services, and support offender re-entry pilot programs. It would also allow DPI to provide grants to elementary schools, create a text messaging pilot program, expand FAST program and allocate money from TANF block grant funds toward employment services for the homeless. Alt. A4, B1, C1, D2, E2, F2, G1, H1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Alt. A4, B1, C1, D1, which would allocate money from TANF block grants to support child welfare prevention services outside Milwaukee County, expand child welfare safety services, and support offender re-entry pilot programs. It would also eliminate the Governor’s proposal to spend $1 million on ads promoting a theory that individuals are more likely to succeed if they graduate from high school, get a full-time job and wait to have kids until after they are married and at least 21 years old. Alt. A4, B1, C1, D1 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Wisconsin Works Drug Testing and Treatment (Paper #203)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3 which would delete the Governor’s provision to expand drug screening and testing that has been proven ineffective for successful treatment completion. Alt. 3 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2 which would expand drug screening and testing in Wisconsin Works, and was approved 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland
  • Wisconsin Works Worker Supplement (Paper #204)
    • Motion #224, which would allocate funding for TANF block grant funds to support assistance programs that improve job readiness and transportation assistance for current participants. Motion #224 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #223, which would require DCF to submit periodic reports regarding performance on work participation rate targets in the TANF program. Motion #223 was adopted, 12-4 (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Learnfare School Attendance Requirement (Paper #205)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2, which would maintain current law that already addresses habitual truancy. Alt. 2 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #243, which would expand the Learnfare attendance requirement and also require truancy notices be maybe by electronic communication. Motion #243 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Wisconsin Shares Asset Limit (Paper #206)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 4, which would maintain current law regarding asset limits for eligibility in Wisconsin Shares. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1, which would change the asset limit and redefine an individual’s assets. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Child Care Provider Reimbursement Rates (Paper #207)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2 would increase funding for TANF block grant funds and require DCF to increase the maximum reimbursement rates. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland_
    • Republicans offered Alt. 1, which would approve the Governor’s recommendation and doesn’t address reimbursement rates for childcare providers. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Mitigating the Benefit of Drop-off in Wisconsin Shares (Paper #208)
    • Technical modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • Child Care Background Checks (Paper #209)
    • Technical modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #231, which would provide additional funding for TANF block grants for the emergency assistance program was not adopted, 4-12 (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #222, which would allocate TANF funding to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Appleton was adopted unanimously 16-0.
  • Motion #225, which would allocate funding for a grant to the Children’s Empowerment though Education program was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #230, which would allocate funding for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #246, which would increase funding for REWARD and TEACH programs and eliminate the current waitlist. Motion #246 was not adopted, 3-12, one absent. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Shankland)
  • Motion #228, which would create a pilot program to test the effectiveness and scalability of text-message based interventions to increase the share of high school seniors who enroll in post-secondary education passed unanimously, 16-0.

 

Circuit Courts

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

Department of Corrections

Department-wide

  • Overtime funding supplement (Paper #225)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3, which would modify how overtime is calculated for DOC officers. Alt. 3 was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
    • Motion #348 was introduced by Democrats and would prohibit a correctional employee from working overtime for more than two consecutive shifts in order to prevent burnout. Motion #348 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #357 was introduced by Republicans and would change administrative rules to add tribal judges and elected tribal officials to the person who may make a special visit to an institution. Motion #357 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #365 would require the Division of Personnel Management to include long-term service awards for corrections employees and correctional offices. Motion #365 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #352 was introduced by Democrats and would have improved correctional facility safety, expanded training for new hires, and limited forced overtime and improve staffing levels. Motion #369 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #369 was introduced by Democrats which would require the Governor, Supreme Court, and legislature to request technical assistance from the Council of State Government Justice Center to examine criminal justice system issues in Wisconsin. Motion #369 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Adult Corrections

  • Inmate populations, prison contract bed funding, and population and inflationary costs (Paper #230)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2 that would provide funding for correctional institutions to match the rising populations. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • The Governor’s position was accepted.
  • Earned release program expansion (Paper #231)
    • Dems moved Alt. 2E, 3 that would provide staff positions and expand the earned release program. Alt. 2E, 3 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2C, 3 which would expand the earned release program but provides fewer staff. Alt. 2C, 3 was adopted, 11-5. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland, Vukmir)
  • Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center (Paper #232)
    • Dems moved Alt. 2 that would provide positions and funding for expanding the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center to accommodate the increase in female inmate population. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans accepted the Governor’s position that would provide less funding and staff positions.
  • Mental Health Staffing at Oshkosh, Waupun, Green Bay and Columbia Correctional Institutions (Paper #233)
    • Alt. 1, 2 was moved and would provide funding and positions for the mental health and correctional facilities and would also require DOC to submit a report to JFC regarding how resources are being used. Alt. 1,2 was adopted,16-0
  • Institutional Health Service Unit Expansions (Paper #234)
    • Democrats moved Alt. A2, B2, C1 that would provide funding and assistance with opening the new mental health service additions in 2018. A2, B2, C1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. A2, B1, C1 that would provide funding for mental health institutions. A2, B1, C1 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Body-Worn Cameras in Restrictive Housing (Paper #235)
    • Motion #376 which would provide funding for body-worn cameras for DOC officers and require a report on where cameras are being used, how often and incidents reported utilizing the cameras. Motion #376 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Prison Mentorship Pilot Program (Paper #236)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 1, 3, 4 which would provide funding and staff positions to a mentorship pilot program between inmates and citizen volunteers. Alt. 1, 3, 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Alt. 5 was moved by Republicans that would delete the provision for a mentorship pilot program. Alt. 5 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Windows to Work and Vocational Training (Paper #237)
    • The Governor’s recommendation to expand the Windows to Work program and vocational training programs was approved, 16-0.
  • Motion #359 would provide funding for DOC’s wheelchair recycling program and was adopted 16-0.
  • Motion #368 would direct DOC to create an alcohol abuse treatment program. Motion #368 was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #372 was introduced by Republicans and would require DOC to submit a plan to increase employment opportunity incentives for inmates. Motion #372 was adopted 16-0.

 

Community Corrections

  • Expansion of Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (Paper #245)
    • Alt. 1 was moved by Democrats and would expand the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) program. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #373 was introduced by Republicans and would provide less funding for the program and request DOC to submit a report on OARS. Motion #373 was adopted, 11-5. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland, Vukmir)
  • Motion #377 was introduced by Democrats and would provide funding for the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies program. Motion #377 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Juvenile Corrections

  • Juvenile Population Estimates (Paper #250)
    • Alt. 1, which would allow DOC to place individuals under 18 years to a juvenile correctional facility was approved 16-0.
  • Juvenile Statutory Daily Rates, Serious Juvenile Offenders, and Contract Beds (Paper #251)
    • Technical Modification.
  • Add-On to Statutory Daily Rate (Paper #252)
    • Alt. 2 was moved by Democrats and would delete the Governor’s provision. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1, which would create a $6 add-onn to the daily rates charged to counties for housing juveniles at Lincoln Hills and Cooper Lake. Alt. 2 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (Paper #253)
    • Motion #362 was moved by the Democrats and would provide staff and funding to improve staff ratio at Lincoln Hills in compliance with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. Motion #362 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans approved the Governor’s recommendation, that provides less funding and staff to improve the staff ratio at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.
  • Mental Health Services at Copper Lake (Paper #254)
    • Alt. 4, which would provide funding and staff to improve mental health services at Copper Lake School was approved, 16-0.
  • Juvenile Medication Administration (Paper #255)
    • Dems moved Alt. 5 and was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Alt. 4, which would provide funding and nursing staff was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #355 would change the reimbursement of investigative expenses of counties containing juvenile correctional facilities and was adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #370 was introduced by Democrats and would require the three branches to examine the juvenile justice issues in Wisconsin. Motion #370 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #374 was introduced by Democrats and would create a new designation for correctional facilities and would allow Milwaukee County to license a facility. Motion #374 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • The committee approved revising the daily rates that counties pay for juveniles house at juvenile correctional institutions, based on updated population and cost estimates.

 

Parole Commission (Paper #249)

  • Democrats moved Alt. 4, which would maintain current law regarding the Parole Commission. Alt. 4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #311 was offered by Republicans would retain current statutory language on the Parole Commission but would reduce the amount of commissioners from eight to four and reduce staff. This could slow the parole review process and increase the time people are incarcerated. Motion #311 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #314 was offered by Sen. Taylor would create a nine-member independent Pardon Council, consisting of two appeals court judges from each of the four districts. The council would consider each application for a pardon and make recommendations to the legislature and the governor. Motion #314 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Court of Appeals

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (No Paper)

 

District Attorneys

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #260)
    • Modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • Pay Progression (Paper #261)
    • Motion #278, was offered by Democrats and would create pay parity for public defenders and district attorneys. Motion #278 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2, which would give a bigger pay increase to district attorneys over state public defenders. Alt. 2 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #289, which was offered by Republicans would establish a Prosecutor Board consisting of 11 members for staggered three year terms. Motion #289 was adopted, 16-0.

 

Educational Communications Board

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Elections Commission

  • State funding and positions for Elections Administration (Paper #265)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3A4 that would fulfill the commission’s request for 6 additional staff. Motion was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • GOP moved Alt 3, B4 which would not sufficiently provide staff to meet the demands of the commission. Motion adopted 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #151 offered by Democrats would repeal the photo ID requirement and free up lost revenue for ID printing costs. Motion was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

  

Employee Trust Funds

  • Domestic Partnerships and Employee Benefits (Paper #270)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 7 which would maintain current law was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #356, which was introduced by Democrats would require the Division of Personnel Management to study the designation of state and local government employee classifications as a protective occupation. Motion #356 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #367 was introduced by Republicans and would eliminate the option to register a Chapter 770 domestic partnership beginning six months from the effective date of the budget. Partnerships already registered would be grandfathered for certain legal rights, but would lose health insurance and other benefits offered by local government employers. Motion #367 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #378, which was introduced by Democrats would retain the domestic partnership registry and expand it to opposite-sex couples. Motion #378 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #363, which would specify that ETF conduct a consumer driven health plan educational campaign prior to and during open enrollment for the year 2019. Motion #363 was adopted, 13-3. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Employment Relations Commission

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #275
  • Composition of Employment Relations Commission (Paper #276)
    • Alt. A4, B4 not adopted, 3-12-1.
    • Alt. A1, 2A, 2B adopted, 12-4.
    • Alt. B1, B2 adopted, 12-4.
      • The committee voted to cut $390,000 and several positions at the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), which administers labor relation law in the state. 

Environmental Improvement Fund

  •  Safe Drinking Water Loan Program Bonding Authority (Paper #280
    • Motion #22 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. 1 adopted, 16-0.
      • The Democrats on the committee introduced a motion to extend the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program until all lead laterals were replaced which failed on party lines. The Governor's recommendation to increase bonding authority by $5.8 million for this program unanimously passed.
  • Clean Water Fund Program Loan Interest Rates and Bonding Authority (Paper #281)
    • Alt. A1, B3, C3 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. B2 adopted, 14-2.
  • Motion #21 adopted, 16-0.
    • The committee voted to decrease interests rates for municipal projects in the Clean Water Fund Program from 70% to 55% of the market interest rate, to eliminate the Financial Hardship Program by June 30, 2017, and to extend repayment of loans in the Clean Water Fund program to be extended from 20 years to 30 years.

 

Ethics Commission

  • Commissioner Per Diems (Elections and Ethics Commission Paper #284)
    • Alt. 2c, 3c motioned by Republicans would decrease the per diem for Elections and Ethics Commissioners by half. Alt 2c3c was adopted 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #156 offered by Democrats would restore the requirement that campaign finance disclosures include the donor’s employer name on contributions of $100 or more. Motion was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #161 offered by Democrats would require the disclosure of donors for transfers from a campaign committee to a criminal defense fund. Motion was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Department of Financial Institutions

  • Motion #86 would modify the definition of payday loans that are subject to regulation.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #120 would require DOJ to grant discretionary settlement funds to Milwaukee to use for rehabilitation of blighted vacant and foreclosed properties.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.

 

Fox River Navigational System Authority

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Governor

  • No Papers issued

 

Department of Health Services
Medicaid Services Administration

  • Division of Medicaid Services - Contracts and Other Supplies and Services (Paper #335)
    • Motion #115 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt.1 2a2, 2b2, 2c1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Medicaid Management Information System and Advanced Data Analytics (Paper #336)
  • Income Maintenance Contracts (Paper #337)
    • Alt.1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Funeral and Cemetery Aids (Paper #338)
    • Alt.1 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. 2 adopted, 12-3
  • Long-Term Care - Contracted Services (Paper #339)
    • Alt. 1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #104 would increase funding to prevent medical assistance and foodshare fraud.
    • Adopted, 16-0.

 

Care and Treatment Services

  • Mental Health Institutes Funding Split and Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #355)
    • Alt A2, B1, C1 that would fund mental health institutes with sound budgeting proposals was adopted, 16-0.
  • Mendota Mental Health Institute Forensic Unit Staffing (Paper #356)
    • Motion #164 would require DHS to consult with counties to develop a proposal for use of surplus funds. Motion was adopted, 16-0.
    • Republicans moved Alt. A2, B1 that would raid funds from counties to cover the state’s obligations. Alt. A2, B1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Nonfood Supplies and Services and Food at DHS Institutions (Paper #357)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility (Paper #358)
    • Alt. A1, B2, C1 would create a certification program for youth crisis stabilization facilities, and would create a stable funding source moving forward. 4-12
    • Motion #165 included Alt. A1, C2A, C2B would specify funding only be provided on a one time basis, and require DHS and counties to come back in the future to ask for more funding. Motion #165 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Peer-Run Respite Center for Veterans (Paper #359)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2 on behalf of Disability Rights Wisconsin and Dry Hootch, a nationally recognized leader in veteran peer services that would have provided a stable source of funding for Veteran Centers. Alt. 2 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 3A, 3B that would only ensure funding for one year. Alt. 3A, 3B was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Transfer Funding from MA Benefits to Mental Health Institutes (Paper #360)
    • Alt. 1 which would increase funding for mental health institutes was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center – Funding Transfer from Department of Corrections (Paper #361)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #146 offered by Democrats would develop a pay progression plan for treatment facilities that experience high vacancy rates. Motion #146 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #147 offered by Democrats would allow law enforcement agencies to transport civil patients to the mental health institute that is most convenient for law enforcement. Motion #147 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #163 would specify the term “health care professional” include physician assistants. Motion #163 was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #168 would transfer placement oversight from the state to local county officials. The motion was authored to address growing public concern about the placement of violent sexual offenders in communities outside their home county. The majority of Democrats voted against the proposal arguing that this policy go through the traditional legislative process to provide full public input. Motion #168 was adopted, 13-3. (Voting no: Taylor, Erpenbach and Hintz)

 

Department Wide, Medicaid Services, FoodShare, Mental Health, Public Health, and Other Programs

  • #Motion 254 offered by Democrats, which would establish a grant program in the Department of Health Services for service learning partnership initiatives. Motion #254 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • #Motion 252 offered by Democrats, which would accept federal funds to fully expand Medicaid and increase reimbursement rates. Motion #252 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Democrats offered omnibus Motion #251 that included papers #321, #322, #323, #324, #325, #326, #327, #328, #345, #346, #347, #348, #349, #365, #366, #367, and #368. Motion #251, which would increase funding for nursing homes, address health care worker shortages, and expand access to care. The Democratic omnibus was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered omnibus Motion #256 including papers #320, #321, #322, #323, #324, #325, #326, #327, #328, #365, #366, #367, #368, #345, #346, #347, #348, and #349. Motion #256, which would increase costly regulations on low income families and would require drug testing for Medicaid applicants. Motion #256 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Higher Educational Aids Board

  • Wisconsin Grants Programs (Paper #380)
    • Democrats moved Alt. A4, B1, C2, D1, E3 would increase funding for the Wisconsin Grants Program for UW System, fully fund the waitlist for technical college student grants and fully fund the waitlist for tribal college student grants. Alt. A4, B1, C2, D1, E3 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved A1, B2, C1, D1, E2, which would only provide small increases in grant funding and does little to address college affordability. Alt. A1, B2, C1, D1, E2 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Re-estimate Certain Sum Sufficient Appropriations (Paper #381)
    • Motion #240 offered by Democrats would modify the Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity. Motion #240 agreement was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • To address the growing student debt crisis, Democrats introduced Motion #229, which would allow Wisconsin residents to refinance their student loan interest rates like they would with a mortgage or car loan. Motion #229 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #244, which would increase eligibility for the primary care and psychiatry shortage grant program passed unanimously 16-0.
  • Motion #245, which would provide greater transparency for the Higher Educational Aids Board for awarding Wisconsin grants was adopted 13-3. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Shankland)

 

Historical Society

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #385)
    • Technical Modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • State Archive Preservation Facility (Paper #386)
    • Motion #140 would provide funding for the State Archive Preservation Facility and was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Circus World Museum (Paper #387)
    • Alt. 1 would provide funding to the Circus World Museum foundation to operate as a historic site within the Wisconsin Historical society. Alt. 1 was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #184 offered by Democrats would provide funding for Black Historical Society for roof renovation. Motion #184 was not adopted. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #185 would provide funding for highway signs for the Peshtigo Fire Museum. Motion #185 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Commissioner of Insurance 

  • Transfer Information Technology Positions to Dept. of Administration (Paper #391)
    • Alt. 2 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Motion #19 adopted, 12-4.

 

Investment Board

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Judicial Commission

  • Transfer Judicial Commission to the Supreme Court (Paper #395) Alt. 2 adopted, 15-0.
    • The Governor proposed to eliminate the commission, and JFC voted unanimously to keep the commission active.

 

Judicial Council

  • Elimination of Judicial Council (Paper #400) Alt 2. adopted, 16-0.
    • The Governor proposed to eliminate the council, and JFC voted unanimously to keep the council active.

 

Department of Justice

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #405) Modification adopted 16-0.
  • Continued Funding of TAD Program Expansion and Drug Court Grant Program (Paper #406)
  • Beat Patrol Overtime Grants (Paper #407)
    • Alt. 4 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Motion #76 adopted, 16-0.
  • Crime Laboratory and Drug Law Enforcement Surcharge and DNA Surcharge Overview (Paper #408)
    • Alt. 1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Crime Laboratory DNA Analysis Kits (Paper #409)
    • Alt. 1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Internet Crimes Against Children (Paper #410)
    • Alt. 1, Alt. 4 adopted, 16-0.
  • Drug Enforcement Activities (Paper #411)
  • Crime Laboratory Equipment and Supplies (Paper #412)
    • Alt. A3, B2, C2 adopted, 16-0.
    • Motion #77 adopted, 16-0.
  • Convert Annual Program Revenue Appropriations to Continuing (Paper #413)
    • Alt. A2, B2, C3 adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #27 would delete the requirement that the Attorney General must furnish a bond to the state when they take office. 
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #36 would require minimum dollar amount spent to test sexual assault kits.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #48 would extend funding for Wisconsin Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.
    • Adopted, 16-0.
    Motion #37 offered by the Democrats which would provide $500,000 in discretionary funds to increase funding for DOJ’s Buy Your Side campaign so the program could more actively reach out to sexual assault survivors to ensure they know about the option to test their rape kits.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #40 the Democrats offered this motion to create the Student Protection Unit at DOJ, charged with protecting student loan borrowers in light of eliminated protections at the federal level for borrowers and in expectation that the EAB could be eliminated at the state level. Democrats offered this motion since AG Schimel failed to join other state AGs that chose to respond to federal changes and protect student loan borrowers. This motion failed on party lines.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #49 would require Attorney General to get approval from the the Joint Committee on Finance for expenditure of discretionary settlement sfunds.
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #74 would provide community institution grants. 
    • Adopted, 16-0.
    Motion #57 offered by the democrats would reduce DOJ’s general base budget by $54,000 annually, the amount spent by DOJ to purchase “swag” items for the Department, including: messenger bags, pens, commemorative coins, plastic tumblers, backpacks, bracelets and cleaning cloths. Republican members voted against this proposal along party lines.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.

  

Kickapoo Reserve Management Board

  • No budget papers issued

  

 Labor and Industry Review

  • Eliminate the Labor and Industry Review Commission (Paper #425)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3 would maintain current law and staffing positions. Alt. 3 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #214 offered by Republicans would cut staff that are needed to address casework with Unemployment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation benefits, and Equal Rights claims. Motion 214 was adopted, 11-4, one member absent. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Legislature

  • Motion #23 would require the office of the Commissioner of Insurance to transfer funding to the legislature for National conference of Insurance legislators (NCOIL) membership.
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #53 would create a new GPR appropriation for the 100th anniversary of the State Capitol.
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #125 would require that money spend on legal counsel regarding the redistricting be available to the public.
    • Not adopted, 3-12.
  • Motion #126 would prohibit any tax payer money to be used in the redistricting lawsuit.
    • Not adopted, 3-12.
  • Motion #131 would make require that drawing of legislative districts be executed by a non-partisan committee.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #132 would make an appropriation for WisconsinEye equipment.
    • Adopted, 16-0.

  

Lieutenant Governor

  • No papers issued

 

Local Government Property Insurance Fund

  • Cease Operations of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund (Paper #390)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 1 that repeals 2015 Act 325 relating to local government property insurance fund premium levels. Alt. 1 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board 

  • Standard Budget Adjustments (Paper #440)
    • Alt. 2 would provide funding for a position, was adopted 16-0

 

Medical College of Wisconsin

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Department of Military Affairs

  • Mobile Filed Force Grants (Paper #445)
    • Alt. 7 adopted, 16-0.
  • State Emergency Operations Center (Paper #446)
    • Alt. 5 adopted, 16-0.
  • Military Property Program (Paper #447)
    • Alt. 2 adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #52 would make an appropriation for emergency response services. 
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #50 would award grants to local governments to support the replacement of equipment utilized emergency response. 
    • Adopted, 16-0.

 

Department of Natural Resources

Departmentwide

  • Car-killed Deer Funding (Paper #460)
    • Dems moved Alt. 1C which would provide funding for deer carcass removal. Alt. 1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #322 was offered by Republicans and would repeal requirements for DNR to remove deer carcasses to the DOT which could create an additional burden to the DOT. Motion #322 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Eliminate Natural Resources Magazine (Paper #461)
    • Dems moved Alt. 2 which would maintain the DNR magazine at the current amount of six magazines a year.
    • Motion #271 which would decrease the amount of magazines produced from six to four and would put a partisan communications director in charge of the magazine. Motion #271 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Aids in Lieu of Taxes Re-estimate (Paper #462)
    • Modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #323 offered by Democrats would require the Department of Natural Resources to publish information on the DNR website and in other publications to reflect the scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activity and is a threat to economic and global security. Motion #323 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #318 offered by Republicans which would raid Stewardship funding for GOP earmarks was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered Motion #328, which Democrats voted against because it included policies they thought deserved a public hearing. Motion #328 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Forestry, Parks and Recreation

  • Parks Fee Increases (Paper #467)
    • Motion #324 was offered by Democrats and would provide funding and restore positions to the state parks and recreation areas and reduce annual state park and forest vehicle admission fees and nightly state park and forest camping fees prior to the 2015 state budget. Motion #324 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #313 offered by Republicans would A2 B1 and would adopt the Governor’s recommendation and increase fees for state parks and nightly camping fees. Motion #313 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Richard Bong Recreational Area Pheasant Hunting Fees (Paper #468)
    • Modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • Recreational Vehicle Re-estimates (Paper #469)
    • Modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #327 was offered by Senator Taylor and would create a grant program in the DNR for support of programs providing instruction or training in forestry and agricultural practices. Motion #327 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Democrats offered omnibus Motion #390 that included papers #147, #148, #476, #477, #478, #479, and #480. Motion #390 would restore DNR scientist and educator positions that were cut in the 2015-17 budget as well as provide new positions for the purposes of CAFO permitting, oversight, and mitigation, prevention and education. This motion would also restore shoreland zoning laws and require DNR to administer grants to local governments for private well testing for the purposes of proactive water quality monitoring. Motion #390 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered omnibus Motion #398 that included papers  #147#148#476#477#478#479 and #480. Motion #398 deleted funding for producer-led watershed grants, exempts certain riprap placements from permitting requirements and excludes agricultural storm water and irrigation return flows from the definition of a point source for water pollution regulation purposes. Motion #398 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered Motion #387 that eliminates the forestry mill tax, which supports Wisconsin’s forestry sector and multiple state programs including wildfire control. Eliminating the tax will cost the state $181 million to backfill with general funding. Democrats advocated for retaining the mill tax and pointed out that eliminating this dedicated revenue stream will leave programs like wildfire prevention vulnerable to future cuts. Motion #387 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Reorganization

  • Democrats offered Motion #385 that would restore the DNR scientist and educator positions that were cut in the last Republican budget. The motion would also reject the Governor’s proposal to reorganize the DNR, which could hinder the agency from effectively protect our natural resources. Motion #385 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered Motion #392 that approved Governor Walker’s proposed reorganization of the DNR. Under the reorganization, the Bureau of Science Services will be eliminated and other functions will be centralized under a more top-down hierarchical structure. Democrats moved to reject the organization, citing concerns about the impacts this will have on DNR research, the consolidation of power, and the removal of certain staff from protective service classification. Motion #392 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Program Supplements

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Public Defender

  • Omnibus Motion #389 that included papers #485, #486, and #487 would increase pay progression funding for Assistant State Public Defenders (ASPDs) and allow the State Public Defender’s office to request additional position authority. The motion was adopted 16-0.

 

Department of Public Instruction

  • Democrats offered omnibus Motion #404 that included papers #490, #570, #491, #492, #500, #501, #502, #503, #504, #505, #506, #515, #516, #517, #518, #530 and #531. Motion #404 would fully restore the historic cuts to local K-12 schools Republicans have made over the years and put $729 million more than Gov. Walker’s budget directly into the classroom while putting an additional $514 million into the general aid formula. This motion would also invest $88.4 million in special education programs and provide student loan forgiveness for teachers in rural school districts. Additionally this motion would decrease property taxes by $25.1 million. Motion #404 was not adopted, 4-12 (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered omnibus Motion #409 that included papers. Motion #409 #490#491#492#500#501#502#503#504#505,and #506 and provides $10 million less than what Gov. Walker had proposed. The motion does not make our public schools whole from the $1 billion in state aid that they have lost under the Republican majority and it continues to expand the voucher program by about $30 million. Motion #409 also deletes $18 million in sparsity aid and also incentivizes school district consolidation, which could lead to higher transportation costs and travel distances for students, especially in rural areas. Motion #409 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republicans offered Motion #417 that would take an additional $3.1 million from public schools to fund the special needs voucher program. The motion would also increase enrollment expansion to an additional 250 pupils participating in the program. Motion #417 passed 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Hintz, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Public Service Commission

  • Broadband Expansion Grants (Paper #535)
  • Intervenor Compensation (Paper #536).
    • Alt. 2 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. 1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Eliminate Stray Voltage Program (Paper #537)
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Programs (Paper #538)
    • Alt. 2 adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #107 would authorize water public utilities to provide financial assistance to the owner to replace customer-side water service lines containing lead.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.

 

Revenue - Lottery

  • Republicans offered omnibus Motion #397 that included papers #550 and #551 and would provide an additional $1 million annually to increase funding for lottery advertising. Democrats offered amendment Motion #401 that would require the portion of the new funding be used to fund responsible gaming public service announcements. Republicans rejected Motion #401, 4-12 (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland). Motion #397 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Department of Safety and Professional Services

Departmentwide

  • Information technology Projects (Paper #555).
  • Eliminate Rental Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Paper #556)
    • Alt. 3 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. 1, 2 adopted, 12-4.
  • Convert Funding for Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Grant Program from Ongoing to One-Time. (Paper #557)
    • Alt. B2B B2D, C1 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Motion #109 adopted, 12-4.
  • Fire Department Dues Distribution Reestimate (Paper # 558)
    • Modification adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Motion #130 would make changes to regulations on the use and transportation of fireworks.
    • Adopted, 16-0.

 

Regulation of Professions

  • Apprenticeship Examination Exemption (Paper #560)
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Paper #561)
  • Motion #89 would direct DSPS to study occupational licenses and submit a report to the Legislature.
    • Adopted, 14-2.

 

Secretary of State

  • General Purpose Revenue Reestimate (Paper #565) Modifications adopted 16-0.

 

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief
 Direct Aid Payments

  • State Aid for Tax Exempt Computers, Cash Registers, and Fax Machines (Paper # 566)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Public Utility Aid (Paper #567)
    • Technical modification, adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Volkswagen Settlement (Paper #568)
    • Wisconsin is receiving $42 million in settlement money over the next two years from Volkswagen, which violated clean air laws by equipping nearly diesel vehicles with devices designed to defeat emissions tests. The governor wants to allocate $26 million for cleaner-burning diesel buses for Milwaukee County and allocate the remaining $16 million to purchase new state vehicles.
    • Democrats moved Alt. A3, B2D, C1, D1 to move the entire $16 million to municipal transit systems around the state. Alt. A3, B2D, C1, D1 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes: Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • #Motion 215 offered by Republicans, favors funding for state vehicles at the expense of local transit funds would require municipalities to give shared revenue in order to qualify for funds. Motion #215 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • #Motion 207 would provide overtime for special agents at the Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation regarding the Volkswagen settlement. Motion #207 was adopted, 16-0.
  • County and Municipal Aid (Paper #569)
  • Motion #195 offered by Democrats would increase funding for county and municipal aid by 5% and tie the aid to inflation moving forward. Motion #195 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #189 offered by Democrats would provide funding to municipalities to help hire and retain firefighters, law enforcement, EMS and 911 dispatch in rural communities. Motion #189 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #201 would make changes to public utility aid distribution for some municipalities was adopted unanimously16-0.

 

Property Tax Credits

  • School Levy Tax Credit Funding Level (Paper #570)
    • This was put on hold and will be taken up under the Department of Instruction budget.
  • Homestead Tax Credit
    • GOP offered an omnibus motion including papers #571, #572, #573, and #574, which would restrict access to the Homestead tax Credit and change eligibility requirements that could cut off 11,300 working people. The motion was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 3, B2B, and Alt. 4, which would add inflationary increases to the current Homestead Tax Credit and maintain current law. Alt. 3, B2B and Alt. 4 was not adopted, 3-12, one absent. (Voting yes, Taylor, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Farmland Preservation Credit Re-estimate (Paper #575)
    • Technical modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.
  • First Dollar Credit Re-estimate (Paper #576)
    • Technical modification, passed unanimously, 16-0.

 

Property Taxation

  • Levy Limit Adjustment for Debt Service on Debt Issued Before 2005 (Paper #585)
    • Democrats moved Alt. 2,3,4, which would help municipalities with their levy limits and tie their levy limit increase for to consumer price index or net new construction and allow additional levy authority of 5% of prior year levy. Alt. 2,3,4 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Alt. 1, which removed the governor’s deletion of the provision decreasing counties and municipalities allowable levy’s by the amount of their debt service passed unanimously, 16-0.

 

Local Revenue Options

  • Motion #179, which would modify the negative levy limit adjustment for covered services to not apply to the production, storage, transmission, sale, and delivery of water for public fire protection was adopted unanimously 16-0.
  • Motion #177, which would exempt additional acres of Bible camps from property taxes was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #196 offered by Republicans would expand an additional 70 acres of Marquette University property from property taxes. Motion 196 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #212 would eliminate reporting requirements related to computer property tax exemption. State aid to municipalities would increase by the rate of inflation going forward. Adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Shared Revenue and Local Government

  • Republicans offered Motion #418 that would create new exemptions to the personal property tax for non-manufacturing machinery, tools, and patterns. Since the personal property tax is collected by local governments, the motion also creates a new state aid program to reimburse municipalities for those losses. However, the calculation for state aid will be frozen at 2017-18 levels, which means local governments will receive the same amount of money in perpetuity without adjustments for inflation. The new personal property tax exemptions will cost the state $74.4 million annually. Motion #418 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

General Fund Taxes and Revenue

Republicans offered omnibus motion #419 that included papers #285, #286, #287, #288, #289, #290, #291, #292, #293, #294, #295, #296, #297, #298, #299, #300, #301, #310, #311, #312, #313, #540, #541, #545, and #546. Motion #419 eliminates the Working Families Tax Credit that is specifically targeted toward low-income individuals and families. The motion also eliminated the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) that was specifically created to ensure that individuals pay at least a minimum amount of income tax if they otherwise quality for large tax deductions and exemptions. Over half of AMT claimants earn over $300,000 per year, and eliminating the AMT will cost the state $7 million annually after 2019. Motion #419 was passed, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

 State Fair Park

  • Motion #139 would estimate principal and interest payments on State Park facilities. Motion adopted, 16-0.

 

State Treasurer

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Supreme Court

  • Judicial Compensation (Paper #590)
  • Democrats offered Motion #277, which would freeze Supreme Court salaries at $147,403 and provide a cost of living increase for lower court judges. It would also require Supreme Court Justices to recuse themselves from cases involving campaign donors. Motion #277 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #276, was offered by Republicans and would increase salaries for Supreme Court justices and lower court judges and would modify the process for reviewing judge salaries. Motion #276 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #24, would allow counties to retain 33% of the revenues collected from circuit court fees, and would give counties the opportunity to get a fair share of the revenue. Motion #24 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Tourism

  • No budget papers issued.
  • Motion #302, which would provide additional funding for signage for the geographical center of Wisconsin. Motion #302 was adopted 14-2. (Voting no, Hintz and Shankland)
  • Motion #306, which would provide funding to Vernon County for the purpose of improving structures and property within the county that are used to facilitate the Westby Ski Jump Tournament. Motion #302 was adopted 14-2. (Voting no, Hintz and Shankland)
  • Motion #317 offered by Republicans would provide funding for the Wisconsin Arts Board and was adopted 16-0.

 

Department of Transportation

  • Republicans offered Omnibus Motion #413 that included papers #595, #610, #611, #613, #620, #621, #622, #630, and #631 and would add $402.4 million in bonding for transportation projects. The motion would also reduce new funding for the local roads improvement program (LRIP) by $4 million, reduce new funding for the state highway rehabilitation program by 4.8% and authorize DOT to share personal information, including social security numbers, for the purpose of maintain interstate voting records. Motion #413 limits local authority to regulate blasting, water quality and quantity, and air quality relating to quarry operations. Motion #413 was adopted, 12-4 (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland). JFC Democrats introduced an amendment to remove the prevailing wage repeal from the Republican motion and restore the prevailing wage for local projects, but Republicans rejected the amendment on a party line vote.

 

University of Wisconsin System

  • Democrats offered omnibus Motion #234 that included papers #635, #636, #637, #638, #639, and #640. Motion #234, which would restore the $500 million that has been cut from the UW system in previous budgets, provide free tuition at two-year UW colleges, invest $8 million to expand nursing programs at four UW campuses, and restore the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. Motion #234 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Republican offered omnibus Motion #253 that included paper #635, #636, #637, #638, #639#640, and #641. Motion #253, which would reduce the amount of funding for the UW System, provide $1.5 million to create a new Tommy Thompson Center on Public Leadership, and require an independent accounting firm to conduct a financial audit of the UW system, with an estimated cost of $2 million, instead of the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau. Motion #253 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Trust Fund (Paper #665)
    • Alt. A1, B2 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Motion #118 Veterans Trust Fund and State Veterans Homes. Adopted, 16-0.
    • Alt. B1 adopted, 15-0.
  • County Veterans Service Office Liaison and CVSO Grant Program (Paper #656)
    • Alt. A1 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. A2 adopted, 12-4.
    • Alt. B2 adopted, 16-0.
  • Veterans Grant Programs (Paper #657)
    • Alt. A1, B2, C1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Crisis Intervention Services and Women Veterans Study (Paper #658)
    • Alt. A2, B2 adopted, 16-0.
  • Appropriation Structure for the Department of Veterans Affairs (Paper #659)
    • Alt. A1, B1, C1 adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #91 would direct DOA to include an increase in wages for personnel at the state veteran’s homes.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #92 would require DVA to establish annual private pay rates at the state nursing homes.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #98 would provide GPR funding to continue the veterans outreach and recovery program.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #123 would provide funding for DVA to make grants to cities, villages or towns for fire and emergency services.
    • Adopted, 16-0.
  • Motion #124 would require DVA to develop a pay progression plan for certain job classification at the state veteran’s home.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #136 would expand the Assistance to Needy Veterans Program by requiring a voucher for emergency mental health within 48 hours of the request being made.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

  • Appropriation Structure and Overall Funding Level (Paper #665)
  • Expand Loan Activity (Paper #666)
    • Motion #63 not adopted, 4-12.
    • Alt. 2 adopted, 12-4.
  • Fabrication Laboratories Grant Program (Paper #667) Modification adopted 16-0.
  • Motion #71 would provide a grant to Marathon County to be used to support minority owned businesses. 
    • Adopted, 14-2.
    Motion #66 would require WEDC to exercise clawback or other penalties for grant recipients that move jobs out of Wisconsin. 
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #67 would require no business can receive a loan, grant or tax credit without at least one job to be created.
    • Not adopted, 4-12.
  • Motion #75 would award a grant to higher education institution that have public and private partnerships. 
    • Not adopted, 4-12.

 

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

  • No budget papers issued.
  • Motion #309 would require WHEDA to provide funding to Faith Builds Milwaukee to acquire and redevelop homes in underserved neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Motion #309 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #295 offered by Democrats would create a program in WHEDA to grocery stores in areas with low access to supermarkets or grocery stores. Motion #295 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #308 offered by Democrats would provide funding to WestCare for its Veteran’s Village property. Motion #308 was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Wisconsin Technical College System

  • Technical College Tuition (Paper #675)
    • Motion #206 offered by Democrats would institute free tuition and increase state aid for Wisconsin technical colleges. The motion was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #204 offered by the Republicans lowers the amount of funding for need-based grants and is inadequate to the amount of people that are waitlisted for grants. Motion #204 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz and Shankland)
  • Performance-Funding (Paper #676)
    • Democrats moved Alt. A3, which would eliminate performance-based funding for technical colleges. Alt. A3 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. A2, which would eliminate performance based funding based on four weighted categories. Alt. 2 was adopted, 14-2. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach)
    • Alt. B2, which would delete the requirement that Technical Colleges submit an annual performance funding report to the Secretary of DOA was unanimously adopted, 16-0.
  • Educational Approval Board (Paper #677)
    • Motion #205, which would transfer the Educational Approval Board to the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) was adopted unanimously, 16-0.
  • Motion #176 offered by Democrats would provide 2.8 million for dual enrollment programs for the Technical college programs that give high school students a head start with college credits. Motion was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #203 which would allow a technical college system board that receives funds from the Federal Communications Commission to provide scholarships for eligible students was adopted unanimously, 16-0.

  

Department of Workforce Development
Departmentwide

  • No budget papers issued.

 

Employment and Training

  • Wisconsin Fast Forward, Grants to Create Mobile Classrooms and Teacher Development Program Grants (Paper #690)
    • Motion #285 offered by Democrats, which would authorize DWD to allocate funds from Fast Forward to provide grants to local governments that coordinate with private employers to operate job training programs that train people how to replace lead service lines. Motion #690 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #286 would require DWD to allocate money annually for career and technical education grants was adopted, 16-0.
    • Motion #316 would create a technical education equipment grant program and was adopted 16-0.
    • Motion #325 was offered by Republicans and would change the teacher development program. Motion #325 was adopted, 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #296 was offered would require DWD to provide workforce training grants to the city of Milwaukee for the purpose of supporting the Building Occupational Skills for Success program. Motion #296 was adopted 16-0.
    • Republicans offered Motion #298, which would delete the DPI “Teach for America” program and allow public dollars to be given for a “teacher training and recruitment grant” that could benefit programs operated by religious and 504c4 political groups. Motion #298 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #297 was offered by Democrats and would allocate funding for grants to technical colleges for expanded workforce training programs to train unemployed and underemployed workers. Motion #297 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Alt. A4, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, D1 was moved by Democrats and would approve funding and specify DPI and DOC to handle the funding for teacher development and recidivism programs. Alt. A4, B2, C2, C3, C4, D1, was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)


Other Programs

  • Transfer Worker’s Compensation Positions to DOA (Paper #695)
    • Dems moved Alt. 2, which would maintain current law was not adopted 4-12 (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans offered Motion #315, which would move positions to DOA from DWD further consolidating power, and would risk slowing the compensation claims process. Motion #315 was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Increase Worker’s Compensation Positions (Paper #696)
    • Dems moved Alt. 5 which would maintain current law and was not adopted 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Republicans moved Alt. 2, which Democrats voted against because the policy was not approved by the Workers Compensation Advisory Council. Alt. 2 and was adopted 12-4. (Voting no, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
    • Motion #300 offered by Republicans, which would remove the requirement that DWD index dollar amounts for certain thresholds in contracts for state and local government public projects. Motion #300 passed 14-2. (Voting no, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #284 offered by Democrats would reinstate equal pay enforcement was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)
  • Motion #287 offered by Democrats would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 with indexing to help Wisconsin workers attain a living wage. Motion #287 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

Motion #299 offered by Democrats would expand family and medical leave to include a grandparent, grandchild or sibling. Motion #299 was not adopted, 4-12. (Voting yes, Taylor, Erpenbach, Hintz, Shankland)

 

Wrap-Up Motion (#999)

  • Despite assurances that this budget would not have a lengthy final motion, Republicans offered a motion that contains 26 new items that included micromanaging the UW System by adopting the Governor’s faculty teaching and workload requirements and prohibiting UW institutions from requiring Chancellor candidates to have a background in education and specifying that charter school authorizers must consider (rather than adhere to) certain principles and standards for quality charter schools.