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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

State Budget Watch: JFC to meet this holiday weekend

State budget


The Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee, the Joint Finance Committee, controlled by Democrats, 12-4, will meet Friday and Saturday. 

T
his could be a bad omen for taxpayers.

An old axiom in public relations is that you release bad news late on a Friday.  The story will get published in the Saturday papers, the least read editions of the week, and then be virtually forgotten come Monday.

The Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to take several key votes on taxing and spending during a holiday weekend. The general public will certainly not being paying attention, and that might very well be the hope of Democrats leading the committee, wishing to escape public scrutiny for what could be some moves that are unfriendly to taxpayers.

Something smells funny about this latest budget development.


STATE OF WISCONSIN

 

SENATE CHAIR

MARK MILLER

 

317 East, State Capitol

P.O. Box 7882

Madison, WI  53707-7882

Phone:  (608) 266-9170    

ASSEMBLY CHAIR

MARK POCAN

 

309 East, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI  53708-8952

Phone:  (608) 266-8570

 

JOINT COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Friday, May 22, 2009  (11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, May 23, 2009 (10:00 a.m.)

 

 

The Joint Committee on Finance will meet in Executive Session on the 2009-11 biennial budget on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., and Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Room 412 East, State Capitol.  The Executive Session will be held on the budgets of the following agencies and other matters related to AB 75:

 

 

District Attorneys

Employee Trust Funds -- Domestic Partners

General Provisions -- Domestic Partners

General Provisions -- Contributory Negligence

Health Services -- Departmentwide

Health Services -- Medical Assistance -- General

Health Services -- Medical Assistance and FoodShare -- Administration

Health Services -- Quality Assurance, Disabilities, and Substance Abuse

Insurance

Justice

Natural Resources -- Air, Waste, and Contaminated Land

Public Defender

Public Instruction -- Categorical Aids

Public Instruction -- School District Operations

Public Instruction -- Choice and Charter

Public Instruction -- General School Aids and Revenue Limits

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief -- Direct Aid Payments

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief -- Property Tax Credits

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief -- Property Taxation

Shared Revenue and Tax Relief -- Local Revenue Options


Transportation -- Transportation Finance

Transportation -- Local Transportation Aid

Transportation -- State Highway Program

Transportation -- Motor Vehicles

University of Wisconsin System

Veterans Affairs -- Health Facilities

Workforce Development -- Prevailing Wage




 

JOINT FINANCE AGENDA FOR FRIDAY

Veterans Affairs -- Health Facilities
District Attorneys
Public Defender
Employee Trust Funds -- Domestic Partners
General Provisions -- Domestic Partners
University of Wisconsin System

JOINT FINANCE AGENDA FOR SATURDAY @ 10 a.m. 

Workforce Development -- Prevailing Wage
Justice
Natural Resources -- Air, Waste, and Contaminated Land
Health Services -- Departmentwide
Health Services -- Medical Assistance -- General
Health Services -- Medical Assistance and FoodShare -- Administration
Health Services -- Quality Assurance, Disabilities, and Substance Abuse
Insurance (excluding motor vehicle liability insurance)
 

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