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State Budget Continues to Make
Joint Committee on Finance is continuing its
work developing the 2017-2019 biennial budget
for the state of Wisconsin. Here are a few
updates on recent budget provisions passed by
the Committee. You can always follow along with
the Committee’s actions by watching live on
On May 25th, 2017 the Joint Finance Committee
voted to increase the number of
Dementia Care Specialists from 19 to 24 in 2018.
This is a tremendous success to increase the
number of Dementia Care Specialists in
Dementia Care Specialists provide a number of
supports to individuals and families impacted by
Alzheimer’s disease. This is a critical
initiative towards investing in long-term care
options for Wisconsin residents.
Representative Nygren (R-Marinette) motioned to
authorize starting the Engineering Program at
the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the
2017-2019 budget. This will help UWGB to grow and
excel in the future as well as attract more
students to the campus.
This exciting new program will allow UWGB to
continue meeting the needs of its students while
at the same time engaging a more diverse set of
The Joint Finance Committee also voted to
continue to freeze tuition throughout the UW
system for two more years while also freezing
The freeze on tuition and segregated fees aims
to ensure that a college education through the
UW System remains affordable for the hardworking
families of Wisconsin.
The Joint Finance
Committee and Governor Walker are supporting a
measure to require able-bodied
adults to work and submit to drug tests to
qualify for public health coverage through
individuals who test positive, this proposal
would ensure that they are connected with the
treatment they need.
The Committee approved the Governor’s
recommendation for additional funding for Fast
Forward grants, which provide critical workforce
training. The allocation would allow for another
$11.5 million dollars in this budget toward
these grants. This includes specific funding to
broaden the scope on eligible teachers through
the Teacher Development Program, increased
funding for Career and Technical Education, and
grants to school districts that purchase
technical education equipment.