Joint Finance Committee Update

The Joint Finance Committee has met three times in recent weeks to vote on motions related to the 2015-17 biennial budget (Senate Bill 21). Committee Co-chair Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) said Wednesday he did not expect to meet next week, as the committee waits on revised revenue estimates due in early May.

Legislative leaders have previously said they would direct additional revenue, if available, toward K-12 education, transportation needs, and the University of Wisconsin System. However, recent statements by Governor Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald indicate revenue estimates may come in lower than hoped, leaving little extra funding for the university.

PROFS continues to meet with legislators, including members of the Joint Finance Committee, advocating for the best possible budget for UW-Madison faculty.

The following topics have been discussed by Joint Finance:

  • Circuit Courts and Supreme Court
  • Health Services, Medical Assistance
  • Historical Society
  • Insurance
  • Lottery
  • Military Affairs
  • Natural Resources
  • Public Service Commission
  • Secretary of State
  • Tourism
  • Transportation (in part)
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Wisconsin Technical Colleges

A cumulative list of budget papers is here: