Fitzgerald: Lawmakers could go it alone in crafting next state budget

In a shift from recent past practice, the Republican leader of the state Senate said Thursday he assumes GOP lawmakers will craft their own plan for the next state budget instead of building from what’s proposed by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. > Wisconsin State Journal

Evers, Barnes to go on statewide budget listening tour


Gov. -elect Tony Evers and incoming Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will go on a statewide budget listening tour starting this week. The “Building the People’s Budget” tour kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Green Bay, with stops planned in Wausau and La Crosse before the tour ends Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Milwaukee. > AP News

Assembly Republicans keep familiar names on state budget writing committee


All but two GOP Assembly members of the state’s budget writing committee will retain their appointments in the new legislative session, Speaker Robin Vos announced Wednesday. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin faces projected $1.1 billion revenue shortfall in 2019-21 budget

State revenues are projected to fall $1.1 billion short of what state agencies have requested for the 2019-21 budget, according to a report released Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. The DOA report is the first document to take into account budget requests submitted in September. > Cap Times

Tony Evers could bring significant changes to health care in Wisconsin

Gov.-elect Tony Evers might face resistance in the Republican-controlled Legislature to fully expanding Medicaid as allowed by the health care law. But including federal money for the expansion in the state budget could make it hard to refuse, health policy experts said. Wisconsin State Journal

Report: $2 billion needed to maintain current services

A new report says it will take more than $2 billion just to maintain current state services, with a modest increase in spending and a more sizeable boost for schools. The analysis illustrates the dilemma facing incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers will have to introduce a balanced budget early next year for the Legislature to consider.  > AP News

Evers calls for nearly $1.7 billion hike in state funding for K-12 schools

Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would receive a nearly $1.7 billion increase in state funding over the current budget cycle under state Superintendent Tony Evers’ two-year budget proposal released Sunday. The proposal would shift funding from property tax credits to aid that goes directly to schools. > Chippewa Herald