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Testifying at Joint Finance Committee Hearings

By Dee Pettack | April 6, 2021

As you know, beginning this Friday, April 9th, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold 4 public hearings (three in-person and one virtual) on the Governor’s 2021-23 State Budget.  Those hearings include:

Friday, April 9, 2021 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Irvin L. Young Auditorium
930 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

Public Parking Available in LOT #1
105 North Prince Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

Prior to visiting UW-Whitewater, attendees are encouraged to review the Warhawks Return website for COVID-19  guidelines https://www.uww.edu/warhawks-return

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.

We have been told by Capitol sources that it is extremely important for administrators, board members and parents to show up at these hearings to advocate strongly on behalf of the children we serve.  Those SAA members interested in testifying at one of these four hearings should let me know so I can help to coordinate the arrangements for your 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.

Thank you.

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