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Notes from JFC Hearing

By John Forester | April 12, 2021

Last Friday, April 9th, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s first of four public hearings on the 2021-23 state budget bill in Whitewater.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Patrick Rau (Peshtigo), Aaron Sadoff (North Fond du Lac), Steve Salerno (Mount Horeb), Phil Tubbs (Weyauwega), Tim Raymond (Cambria-Friesland).  Chief Financial Officer John Gahan (Pewaukee) also provided testimony.  Many thanks to these SAA members for their leadership.

Patrick Rau Testimony

Aaron Sadoff Testimony

Steve Salerno Testimony

Phil Tubbs Testimony

Tim Raymond Testimony

For those of you planning to testify at one of the in-person hearings, here are my suggestions:

SAA Budget Alert
SAA Legislative Agenda

Once again, we need a strong showing at the JFC budget hearings.  If you have questions about testifying please call me at 608-242-1370.

Here are the upcoming hearing locations and times:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
The Hodag Dome
School District of Rhinelander
665 Coolidge Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Great Hall, Memorial Student Center
302 10th Avenue East
Menomonie, WI 54751

Public Parking Available in LOT #29
400 13th Avenue East
Menomonie, WI 54751

For more information on UW-Stout’s COVID-19 policies and guide to visiting campus, please visit https://www.uwstout.edu/community-visitors-0.

Hearing attendees must follow the COVID-19 safety protocols at each host facility, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance. Available seating may be limited due to social distancing guidelines. The process and arrangements for the virtual public hearing, to be held April 28th, are still being ironed out by Capitol staff.  We will forward that information when it is available.

All public hearings will be streamed by WisconsinEye and can be viewed at WisEye.org/live.

*The Committee will conclude taking testimony at the time specified.  Written comments can be emailed to the Committee at:



or sent via U.S. mail to Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI  53702.


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