By John Forester | April 19, 2017
Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s fourth of six public hearings on the 2017-19 state budget bill in Spooner. The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony: John Burnett (Spooner), David Bridenhagen (Shell Lake), Randy Drost (Rice Lake), Paul Uhren (Ladysmith), Kent Kindschy (Turtle Lake) and Kevin Shetler (Siren). The following Minoqua-area superintendents also provided testimony in support of the Governor’s school funding provisions and requested state support for a pilot school largely designed to meet the needs of the area’s autistic students: Jim Ellis (Minoqua J1), Larry Ouimette (Lac du Flambeau), Jim Bouche (Lakeland UHS), Brent Jelinski (North Lakeland) and Jocelyn Smith (Arbor Vitae-Woodruff). 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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