JANUARY 22, 2016
I am pleased to report that three bills that I authored have passed both the Senate and the Assembly during the January floor period and are now ready to be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.
Two of the bills will bring
Wisconsin into compliance with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking
and Strengthening Families Act of 2014
and improve a
variety of policies related to children in out-of-home care.
The other bill requires the Family Care benefit and self-directed services option to be provided in Rock County before July 1, 2016. Family Care provides long-term care services to qualifying low-income individuals who are elderly, physically disabled, or developmentally disabled, and who are eligible for medical assistance. Please read my press release or watch my media availability video for more information.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released its most recent estimate of Wisconsin's general fund for the 2015-2017 biennium. In the updated estimate, LFB projects an expected gross balance of $135.2 million at the end of the biennium (June 30, 2017). By law, the state must keep $65 million in reserve, meaning the net balance is expected to be $70.2 million at the end of the biennium. For more information, read the LFB memo.
On Tuesday January 19, Governor Scott Walker presented the State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Wisconsin State Legislature. After the session, I released the following statement -
comeback is real. Labor statistics are very strong, with more people
working now than in the last 20 years. Wisconsin student achievement,
including high school graduation rates and ACT scores, is among the best
in the nation.
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