July 14th, 2017

Legislative activity remains at a standstill as Republican lawmakers continue to struggle with a state budget that is now two weeks overdue. While Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans continue to hold a series of closed-door meetings, little progress has been made to fund schools, road projects and other key state priorities.

Senate Republicans continue to push for more costly long-term budget borrowing while Assembly Republicans have threatened widespread road project delays if additional revenue increases aren’t adopted. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee hasn’t met publicly since June 15th and no upcoming meetings have been scheduled at this time.

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Follow the Democratic members of the Joint Finance Committee on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as they finish up the budget:

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Budget Update

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Wisconsin is now one of only three states in the U.S. with a late budget.


The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee hasn’t met publicly for one month as Republican infighting derailed the committee process and caused the state to miss its July 1st budget deadline. As the budget delay continues, schools and communities will face greater uncertainty over their local budgets and important construction projects.

You can view all of the previous motions and votes on the state budget by visiting the Legislative Democrats website here:  



There is no executive session scheduled at this time. The committee must still address budget provisions related to the following agencies:

What Democrats Are Saying
Democratic Proposals

LRB3933 Back Forty Mine Project (Reps. Stuck, Genrich, Mursau, Sen. Hansen) Resolution opposing the development of Aquila Resources' Back Forty Project.

LRB3371 Police Chief Selection (Rep. Crowley) would establish that when a vacancy exists in the chief of fire department or chief of police in a first class city (currently only Milwaukee), the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners appoints a person to the vacant post and it takes effect only when the candidate selected by the board is confirmed by the common council.

LRB1294 Mass Communications in Elections (Sen. Erpenbach, Rep. Subeck) would require a political action committee, an independent expenditure committee, and a recall committee to register if the committee makes a disbursement or incurs and obligation on a mass communication.

LRB2457 Legalization of Marijuana (Rep. Sargent) would change state law so that state law permits both recreational use of marijuana and medical use of marijuana for persons over 21 years.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate did not conduct a floor period this week. The next floor session will take place when the Senate takes up the Budget. The entire floor session calendar can be found here

Senate Committees

Senate Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government
The committee held an Executive Session to vote on an the appointment of Thomas Schreibel to the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board. The committee also voted on Senate Bill 170/Assembly Bill 229, which would allow local units of government to invest surplus dollars in financial institutions and would remove the time limit on the duration of those investments.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session

The Assembly was not scheduled for a floor period this week. The scheduled floor periods for the session are available here.

Assembly Committees

Assembly Committee on Local Government
The committee held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 307 which would raise the threshold of competitive bids to local government to $75,000 and Assembly Bill 189 which would change the current grant programming allowing towns and villages to apply in addition to cities.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

There are no committee meetings scheduled for next week at this time.

Assembly Committees

Assembly Committee on Science and Technology
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Assembly Bill 206.

Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Assembly Bill 399 and Assembly Bill 411.

 To view updated committee notices, visit the legislative website and click on Committee Schedule: Wisconsin State Legislature.

 The State Capitol Update is provided by the Senate and Assembly Democratic Caucuses. For additional information, please send an email to WisconsinDemocrats@legis.wi.gov or call toll free: 1.800.385.3385.