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Joint Finance Begins Executive Sessions

By Dee Pettack | May 2, 2023

The listening sessions held by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) across the state concluded last week in Minocqua. Thank you so much to everyone who time from their busy schedules to attend or submit testimony.  In each hearing the support for K-12 public education was strong, our messages were consistent and the individual district stories were powerful.

We now move into the Executive Session portion of the budget where JFC will begin voting on different provisions of the state budget.  It is expected that public education will come up near the end of May.  We must continue to have consistent contact with local legislators and the members of JFC.  It is a critical time as decision makers begin to dedicate state resources to different priority areas.  Please consider contacting your legislator. Contact information for legislators can be found here by inserting your address in the box found at the top right corner of the page. The email addresses for Joint Finance members are listed below to aid in your communication as well as links to testimony that was provided to JFC by your colleagues.  If you have questions regarding your communication to your legislators, please don’t hesitate to contact me at dee.pettack@wsaa.org.   If you need to make sure you have updated and accurate data/facts to support your local story – review the resources that Anne Chapman, WASBO Research Director, has made available on the WASBO website and/or reach out to her directly at anne.chapman@wasbo.com for additional support.

JFC begins their Executive Sessions (voting) on this State Budget today beginning at 11am.  The committee will begin by acting on a motion that would remove 545 items (both fiscal and non-fiscal) Governor Evers included in his Executive Budget, the JFC will also vote on the following issue areas:


On Thursday, May 5th the committee will vote on the budgets of another dozen agencies including the Legislature, Secretary of State, State Treasurer and the Educational Communications Board.  The full hearing notice can be seen here.

Again, we expect education to be taken up later in the executive session process, but stay tuned, these plans are fluid and can always change on a dime.

Links to Talking Points & Testimony

SAA talking points can be found here.

Testimony from colleagues:

Kevin Klimek, Brown Deer

Lisa Elliott, Greenfield

Dan Arnold, South Milwaukee


Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo:

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Memo on Inflationary Increases for Schools


Joint Finance Member Emails


















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