DISCLAIMER: The following are notes taken during the meeting and unless specified as a quote, should not be misconstrued as such.
- Child Welfare issues at the County level – counties are asking for another $30 mil to help with caseloads predominantly due to the opioid abuse. 119% increase in the past few years.
- Two competing proposals for tax reductions for the middle class but what it looks like and how it gets paid for is important.
Feb 28 = Governor will present his budget
Fiscal Bureau will receive
Listening Sessions by Joint Finance in regions
June = to Governor
July = signed by the Governor
If not signed, we don’t shut down, we continue with the budget we have.
- Middle Income Tax Credit
- Transportation Funding – “We all know what the options are. This has been studied to death. It’s the will to do something. I believe it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that – a combination of things.” Nothing is perfect – gas tax won’t help with higher efficiency cars, tolls. Waivers are an option. Building that infrastructure takes a chunk and so the payout is longer on tolling
“I fell like the mood in Madison is like we’re heavy-weights sizing each other up. A few punches get thrown to see what lands. My other analogy is that we’re in an arranged marriage with a democratic governor and a republican majority so we need each other to move things forward.” This is gong to be messy. We need to work through the mess.
Watch for a long budget process.
Jennifer’s top priorities:
- Tax reciprocity
- UW-L Building Priorities
- La Crosse Center Money protection
- Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail – damage to the bike trail impacting tourism. DNR is short a little and move timelines around.
- Ongoing Flood Recovery
- Vernon County has the most earthen dams in Wisconsin
- There is a bridge out since 2016
- Juvenile Justice Centers
- Clean Water – Governor’s Initiative from State of the State. SW WI study have 45% of wells contaminated. Clean water and water management. Governor is expected to announce a lead pipe replacement program. Phosphorous rules to be in place by 2020 – challenging for their water plants to comply.
Pre-existing conditions bills that passed in the Assembly may not be in alignment with ACA’s current offerings.
I fell like the mood in Madison is like we’re heavy-weights sizing each other up. A few punches get thrown to see what lands. My other analogy is that we’re in an arranged marriage with a democratic governor and a republican majority so we need each other to move things forward.