The Governor proposed cutting $270,100 in 2015-16 and $271,800 in 2016-17 and eliminating two positions in each year as well as moving the Secretary of State's office back into the State Capitol.
The Joint Finance Committee unanimously supported the Governor's plan and added the Secretary of State's office could not be housed in the same office as the State Treasurer.
The committee also voted 12-4 to remove the requirement the Secretary of State must publish new laws in the official state newspaper. The motion moved that responsibility to the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish notices online.
The Governor originally proposed adding $6 million from the USF to the Broadband Expansion grants in 2016-17 on top of the $500,000 already being handed out. Whatever money left in several funds at the end of each fiscal year would go to any grants on top of the $500,000 base going forward. Fiscal bureau estimated that would be an additional $2.5 million in 2016-17.
Today, the JFC proposed a plan adds $6 million into the grants, but spread that out over the next four years at $1.5 million annually. Meanwhile, $3.3 million would be transferred to the general fund.
The JFC also approved a motion to provide $125,000 annually for the state broadband office rather than the $250,000 a year the governor proposed. The change also made it a one-time appropriation and would not add the funding to the base budget for 2017-19.
The JFC approved the wind energy health study with modifications to the language with a party-line vote of 12-4.
The Governor's budget cuts the office of State Treasurer by $752,800 and eliminates 3 positions. JFC did not make any changes to the Governor's proposal for the office.
The committee unanimously approved the Governor's proposal.
The committee accepted the Governor's provision.
The JFC approved a motion to consolidate the State Law Library with the Director of State Courts with a vote of 12-4. The committee also unanimously voted, with the addition of two motions, to delete the uniform chart of accounts.
The JFC voted unanimously in favor of provisions regarding the transfer of court reporters, consolidation of circuit court support payments, guardian ad litem costs, and court interpreter fees, as well as a deletion of forfeiture fee exemptions.
JFC approved the Governor's provision.
JFC voted 15-1 to get rid of the governor's call to eliminate the Judicial Council, which advises state government on changes to the court system. JFC also approved a motion changing the council's funding source.
JFC unanimously approved rejecting the governor's call to move the Judicial Commission, which handles discipline of judges, under the state Supreme Court.
The program revenue lapse was adopted unanimously by the JFC with an alternate offered by the co-chairs.
14 non-fiscal policy item were removed from the Governor's budget plan.
The Joint Committee on Finance will meet in Executive Session on the 2015-17 biennial budget on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in Room 412 East, State Capitol. The Executive Session will be held on the budgets of the following agencies:
- Wisconsin Technical College System
- Department of Military Affairs
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
- Board on Aging and Long-Term Care
- Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
- Department of Health Services -Medical Assistance- Administration