Joint Finance Committee Meets Tuesday on Budget Requests

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM by

Next month the lopsided composition of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will switch from 12 Democrats and 4 Republicans to exactly the opposite of that.  In the meantime, the current JFC has a quarterly meeting on Tuesday (Dec. 14), when the committee will review and act on a broad range of agency requests. The meeting is supposed to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 412 East in the Capitol.

Some of the more interesting things on the agenda include the following:
  • A request by the Dept. of Children and Families for approval of its five-year sustainability plan for the child care quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) called YoungStar.  Click here for the summary of the request by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
  • A Public Service Commission proposal to increase the amount that utility companies pay for energy efficiency and renewable resource programs. (Click here for the LFB memo.)
  • A DHS proposal relating to how much of the $38 million of federal income augmentation funds will use be used or spending or to lapse to the General Fund.  (Here’s the LFB summary.)

Also on the agenda are the expansion of Family Care to Langlade and Lincoln counties, the release of funding for the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations, and a request by the Public Defender’s office for additional funding for private bar reimbursement.

You can find the full agenda and links to all the LFB papers at:

A recent WI Budget Project blog post lists all of the 16 legislators who will serve on the JFC next year.

Jon Peacock 

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