State budget schedule update

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Some updates on the state budget scheduled as reported in the Wispolitics Budget Blog today. Note that there will be a Joint Committee on Finance budget hearing in Milwaukee on April 5th:

JFC eyes April 3 for first public hearing, May 2 to start voting on budget

Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May 2, according to a tentative overview sent to members and shared with WisPolitics.com.

The offices of Co-chairs Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and John Nygren, R-Marinette, emphasized the outline is not finalized. The document also stresses the timeline is subject to change.

Still, the overview from Darling’s office has the committee doing four days of agency briefings March 27–30 before the first public hearing in Platteville.

From there, the committee would hit: the Milwaukee area April 5; Marinette April 7; Spooner April 18; Ellsworth April 19; and east-central Wisconsin April 21.

The document suggests State Fair Park and the Italian Community Center as possible sites for the Milwaukee hearing. Meanwhile, possible locations for the April 21 hearing include Waupaca, Ripon and Fond du Lac.

Under the tentative plan, JFC would meet each Tuesday and Thursday starting the first week of May to vote on the budget with sessions continuing “until done.”

Zach Bemis, Nygren’s chief of staff, said the co-chairs were still discussing final details.

“I suspect it will be something very similar to what they laid out with May and June where the action takes place,” Bemis said.

Two years ago, the committee did four public hearings, which kicked off March 18 in Brillion before JFC hit Milwaukee, Rice Lake and Reedsburg. The committee then met for the first time in executive session April 15, but did not wrap up its work until the first week of July as GOP lawmakers were locked in a stalemate with the guv over transportation funding.

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