Legislative Update – March 8

The dates and locations for the Joint Finance Committee budget hearings have been announced, and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released its analysis of the governor’s budget. There’s a lot of movement around the potential locations, so stay tuned.

JFC Budget Hearing Dates and Locations

For support in testifying at a hearing, contact Christina Brey, communications@weac.org.

  • Monday, April 3 – UW-Platteville, Platteville
  • Wednesday, April 5 – State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  • Friday, April 7 – Berlin High School, Berlin
  • Tuesday, April 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner
  • Wednesday, April 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  • Friday, April 21 – Marinette High School, Marinette

May 2: JFC Exec Session
May 4: JFC Exec Session

Legislative Fiscal Bureau releases budget analysis
The nonpartisan state Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released its summary of the governor’s state budget proposal. Fiscal Bureau’s analysis adds details on the impact of the two-year plan in advance of legislative work to revise it. Read the Recommendations

State Agency hearings
Before the budget hearings, the Legislature will hold state agency hearings (March 27-30). Please encourage your members to follow developments by subscribing to WEAC Budget and Legislative Updates.

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The governor’s budget is the starting point for legislative action. The budget committee usually approves a modified version of the budget in May, after which the budget needs to be approved by both houses of the legislature. If things go smoothly, the governor is expected to sign the final version of the budget and make small vetoes in June, and the new budget will take effect on July 1.

Alert: Bill would weaken Wisconsin child labor laws!

A bill that would weaken Wisconsin’s child labor laws (AB 25, with companion bill SB 11) has moved from committee to the Joint Finance Committee. The bill makes it easier for businesses to use child labor without sign off by parents. Find out more and take action.

Have questions about the budget or legislation? Email Christina Brey in WEAC Communications.