Friday, March 25, 2011

Joint Finance Budget Briefing Schedule Announced

The Joint Finance Committee will hold budget briefings beginning March 29. The following is the schedule released by the committee co-chairs.  Thursday, March 31, is our red-letter day.

  • Tuesday, March 29 (10 am – 3 pm): Dept of Administration (including Budget Management and Compensation Reserves); Dept of Revenue; Supreme Court; Dept of Tourism.
  • Wednesday, March 30 (10 am – 3 pm): Government Accountability Board; Dept of Corrections; Dept of Children and Families.
  • Thursday, March 31 (10 am – 3 pm): University of Wisconsin System; Higher Educational Aids Board; Dept. of Public Instruction; Wisconsin Technical College System.
  • Monday, April 4 (10 am – 3 pm): Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Dept of Natural Resources (including Environmental Improvement Fund); Dept of Transportation.
  • Wednesday, April 6 (10 am – 3 pm): Dept of Health Services; Dept of Commerce; Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Dept of Safety and Professional Services (currently the Dept of Regulation and Licensing); Dept of Justice.
This notice is only for budget briefings. A schedule for public hearings on the budget is expected to be released soon.

Speaking of public hearings on the budget.......

At a WisPolitics luncheon meeting yesterday, the following comment was ascribed to Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington).

A greater emphasis will be put on e-mails and other technology. For example, he does not intend to sit through a 36 hour public hearing when those comments could have easily been presented in writing. Every statement that is submitted will be read by the Co-Chairs.   [Emphasis added.]

Wondering if carrier pigeon still qualifies as an 'other technology'?

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