MADISON – The state legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is set to begin hearing public testimony from Gov. Walker’s administration officials this afternoon. Speakers on Monday include top officials from the Department of Administration, the Department of Corrections, the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice.
Prior to the hearing, the four Democratic members of the JFC, Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:
“Wisconsin's staggering $2.2 billion budget deficit is a self-inflicted wound caused by misguided Republican policies that favor the wealthy over the middle class. While other states are putting families back to work and seeing their budget surpluses grow, Wisconsin is facing more layoffs and a deeper budget hole.
“As Gov. Walker continues to travel across the country on the taxpayers' dime, legislative Democrats are ready to work. Our commonsense and fiscally responsible alternatives to the Governor's plan will create more jobs, invest in stronger schools and build the local infrastructure needed to compete in a global economy.”