April 6, 2017

Contact: Sen. Robert Cowles: (608) 266-0484

Senator Cowles Statement on

Non-Fiscal Policy Items being taken out of the State Budget

GREEN BAY- Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the list of non-fiscal policy items contained within the 2017-2019 State Budget. Additionally, Joint Finance Committee Co-chairs, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), released budget procedures for the Joint Finance Committee which include taking all of the 83 non-fiscal policy items out of the state budget.  Upon the release, Senator Cowles (R-Green Bay) released the following statement:

“I strongly applaud the move made by the Joint Finance Committee Chairs to remove all of the non-fiscal policy items from the state budget. I have long been an opponent of non-fiscal policy items in the state budget. I have said, for several budgets, that these items should all be stripped out and discussed through the committee process with public input, as separate legislation.  I commend my colleagues on the finance committee for this move and I too, wholeheartedly, agree that the state budget is no place for policy items. I look ahead to working with my colleagues on a much cleaner budget.”


Link to JFC Release: Here