The Budget Process Begins

Over the next several months, members of the Joint Finance Committee will begin the months-long process of crafting the state budget.

The state budget is a two-year spending plan that accounts for state spending on every statewide program from public education to road funding and everything in between.

The process begins when the governor introduces his recommendations before a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature. From there, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau breaks down the budget summarizing each aspect with a detailed analysis of the cost.

Armed with this information, members of the Joint Finance Committee begin their budget tour, traveling around the state to gather public input before returning to the Capitol to craft the final document. Members of the Joint Finance Committee will then hold hearings at the Capitol and vote on the final bill before it goes to the governor for his signature later this summer.

In April, I will be holding listening sessions in Oak Creek and South Milwaukee to hear input from you on issues that are important to our district. The dates, times and locations will be announced later this month.

In the meantime, if there are issues you would like to see included the in the new spending plan I encourage you to contact my office.

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March Office Hours

On March 21, I will be holding in-district office hours in Oak Creek and South Milwaukee. Details are listed below. Be sure to stop by, say hello and share your thoughts on any issue related to state government!

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Lookout for the “Grandparent Scam”

With spring break just around the corner, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is asking travelers to warn family members of the grandparent scam (also referred to as “family emergency scam”).

Fraudsters will call a potential victim posing as a family member in need of money to help during an emergency. The scammers often claim they have been arrested and need the victim to wire money in order to get out of jail. Once the money is sent, the scammer escapes with the money and the victim is left without recourse.

For more information visit the DATCP newsroom to learn about this and other scams.

 Don’t Miss These In-District Events!

  • “Singin’ in the Rain” musical – Saturday March 16, 7:30 pm – Saturday March 17, 2 pm – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave, South Milwaukee https://southmilwaukeepac.org/event/smhstheatremusical/2019-03-16/?utm_source=March+2019&utm_campaign=SM+Events&utm_medium=email
  • American Legion Post #27 100th Birthday Party – Saturday, March 23, at 5 pm – Cost: $14, age 6 and under: $6, includes ham, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and desert – tickets available at the American Legion Post, 920 Monroe Ave, South Milwaukee
  • Bet on the Arts Game Night – Saturday, March 23, 7 pm – South Milwaukee Knights of Columbus, 732 Badger Ave, South Milwaukee – All proceeds benefit the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center https://southmilwaukeepac.org/event/soiree-a-party-for-a-purpose/
  • Community Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 13, 10 am – Oak Creek Civic Center, 8040 S 6th St, Oak Creek https://www.oakcreekwi.org/resident/events/holiday-celebrations/community-easter-egg-hunt