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State Budget Alert: Your Response Needed

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

THIS IS A PRIORITY LEGISLATIVE ALERT FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) plans to vote on the K-12 education portion of the State Budget on Thursday, May 23rd. From the very beginning of the 2019-21 State Budget process, we have known that Governor Evers’ budget priorities, including the proposed $1.4 billion increase […]

LFB: Additional $753 Million in State Revenue Available for 2019-21 Budget

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

From … The state is projected to have nearly $2.9 billion in additional money to spend over the next two years after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau today upped its revenue estimates through mid-2021. The state was already expecting healthy revenue growth for the next budget compared to the current biennium. But today’s re-estimate from […]

JFC Executive Session Thursday

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will hold its first Executive Session (voting) of this State Budget session on Thursday, May 9th at 11:00am.  In addition to action on a motion to eliminate 131 items (both fiscal and non-fiscal) Governor Evers included in his Executive Budget, the JFC will also take up the following issue areas: Educational […]

General Fund Would See $1.4 Billion Less Under JFC Motion

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

From … The first motion the Joint Finance Committee plans to take up Thursday would result in the general fund seeing $1.4 billion less over the next two years than what Gov. Tony Evers proposed, according to an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. What’s more, the motion, which includes rejecting Evers’ call to […]

JFC to Kill Evers’ Medicaid Expansion Plan; LFB Non-Fiscal Policy Memo

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

From … The Joint Finance Committee’s first actions on Gov. Tony Evers’ budget May 9 will be to pull out a host of his priorities, from expanding Medicaid to allowing illegal immigrants to get driver licenses. Typically, the JFC co-chairs have the Legislative Fiscal Bureau identify policy items that can be pulled from a […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s final public hearing on the 2019-21 state budget bill in Green Bay.  The SAA was extremely well-represented with the following superintendents and district team members providing testimony: Jim Sebert (Fond du Lac) Aaron Sadoff (North Fond du Lac) Erik Olson (Ashland) Patrick Rau (Peshtigo) Ben Niehaus (Florence) Nate […]

Special Education Talking Points

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

In response to member requests, I have put together some additional talking points on the importance of increasing special education categorical aid in the 2019-21 State Budget.  These talking points were designed to address several issues including: Legislators not adequately understanding how special education services are funded. Legislators pushing back against the Governor’s proposed increase […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s third of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in River Falls.  The SAA was well-represented with superintendents Jamie Benson (River Falls), Patrick Olson (New Richmond), Bruce Quinton (Pepin), Joe Zydowsky (Menomonie), Mark Luebker (Osceola) and John Humphries (Thorp) providing testimony.  CESA 6 Administrator Jerry Walters […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s second of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in Oak Creek.  The SAA was well-represented with superintendents Keith Posley (Milwaukee) and Deb Kerr (Brown Deer) providing testimony.  Deb Kerr was also joined by a team of Brown Deer administrators.  The following business managers also provided […]

MU Poll: 74% Favor “Major Increase” in Special Education Aid

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

According to the Marquette University Law School Poll released today, 70% of respondents say the state should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage while 23% say no. 74% favor a “major increase” in state aid for special education while 19% say they do not.  Check out the coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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