By John Forester | April 10, 2017
Last Friday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s third of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget bill in West Allis. The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony: Bob Eidahl (Berlin), Stan Mack (Oshkosh), Mary Pfeiffer (Neenah), Lee Allinger (Appleton), Jim Smasal (Kewaskum), Bec Kurzynske (Pulaski), Tonya Gubin (Waupun), Jim Sebert (Fond du Lac), Mary Allen (Green Lake), Erik Olson (West Bend), Daren Sievers (Slinger), Paul Amundson (Campbellsport), Kyle Cronan (Port Edwards), and Bob Mayfield (Kimberly). The following business managers also provided testimony: Andrew Thorson (Neenah), Joe Marquardt (New London) and Becky Hansen (Kimberly). Many thanks to these SAA members for their leadership.
For those of you planning to testify at one of the remaining hearings, here are my suggestions:
Get there early. I know the hearings don’t start until 10:00 a.m., but if you wish to speak before 1:00 p.m. get there by 7:30 a.m.
- You will only have 2 minutes to testify. There will likely be no questions from legislators.
- Bring 1 hard copy of your testimony with your full contact information on it for the committee members. (This is a change from previous years when I suggested 20 hard copies. JFC staff has changed their process.)
- Use the information in the SAA’s recent Budget Alert to stay on message. It is very important for us to stay focused.
We need a strong showing at the remaining JFC budget hearings. If you have questions about testifying please call me.
Here are the upcoming hearing locations and times:
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