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Joint Finance Committee Update

By Dee Pettack | May 16, 2023

Joint Finance Committee update from Wispolitics.com:

The Joint Finance Committee resumes its work on the state budget today. The agenda includes Circuit Courts, the Supreme Court, District Attorneys and the Public Defender.

It’s the first committee meeting since the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released revised revenue projections yesterday.  The state is still projected to finish this fiscal year with a surplus of $6.9 billion rather than the $7.1 billion previously projected.  It’s also expected to see tax collections come in $1.6 billion higher over the 2023-25 biennium than the 2021-23 budget.

The committee will meet again on Thursday, the agenda includes the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Environmental Improvement Fund and the Department of Natural Resources.

See more on the LFB revenue projections here.

New Budget Resource:

WASBO developed a new resource, a video that provides an overview of Wisconsin school finance and what the outcomes of the 2023-25 state budget could mean for school districts and their ability to serve their schools and students.  It is our hope that this resource will help you and others as part of any outreach you are doing to educate your community and stakeholders about school finance in general and what might be coming up for your district related to the 2023-25 state budget. You can find the video here.

Budget Advocacy

In addition to the above resource, you can find links to talking points and sample testimony on the SAA website.  We continue to expect that education will be taken up later in the executive session process but stay tuned, the calendar will remain fluid and can change on a dime.

It is critically important that we use this time to continue to communicate the needs of our schools and students to not only your local legislators but also the members of the Joint Finance Committee.  We have heard positive feedback regarding the consensus around messaging our needs.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to email your legislators and the Joint Finance Committee.  I encourage you to keep up consistent communication during the portion of committee deliberations.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance in drafting communications to your legislator.


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