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A report on action taken by legislature’s Joint Finance Committee
It is possible that the Assembly or Senate may modify sections of the budget bill. But the bulk of the legislature’s work on the budget usually happens in committee. That means 98% of the budget is “done” but there are still opportunities to amend the bill. If that happens, both houses must pass identical amendments and any differences in the Assembly and Senate must be reconciled, either before the houses vote (behind closed doors) or in a formal semi-public ‘conference committee’.
In addition to the budget, this June lawmakers are expected to take up other legislation, such as election and voting restrictions, abortion law changes and possibly even more cutbacks on workers’ unemployment benefits. Lawmakers will be extremely busy these next few weeks. AFSCME is keeping close tabs on all of these issues.
Where things are with the state budget bill and ‘how a bill becomes a law’ update
The legislature’s budget committee is in the heat of the discussions on the Walker budget and have made some key decisions this week. This report discusses some of the votes taken so far. After Memorial Day, the committee is expected to vote on the most controversial part of the state budget: school funding, and the governor’s plan to expand private school vouchers. AFSCME members who want to follow the proceedings can tune in live via Wisconsin Eye (www.wiseye.org) to watch the debate.Read more >>>
A Dane County judge has ruled many of the provisions of Wis Act 10 unconsititutional. The judge found that certain provisions of the act violate the free speech, freedom of association and equal protection clauses. Read more >>>
You need to review this information because the foundation of the WRS and work-based pension is under attack.
The goals of this presentation are:
1. To present facts about the WRS and bolster your understanding of why the WRS is key to your retirement security and the economic security of Wisconsin;
The state Senate will meet August 1 to vote for the second time on legislation to extend benefits to jobless workers. This time, they are expected to pass the bill without the “surprise” amendment that caused a rift between the two GOP-controlled houses and the Walker Administration. Read more >>>
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We’ve developed this timeline based on legislative tradition over the last two decades, although it may be somewhat different this year. Nevertheless, the timeline may be helpful to understand what’s next at the Capitol and with the upcoming state budget cycle. Please note that the date for the annual AFSCME “Lobby Day” has not yet been determined, but is likely to be sometime this winter/spring.
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