Committee gets back to work on budget after stalemate pause


Members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget-writing committee were to resume work Thursday after a two-week hiatus prompted by stalled negotiations over key areas including transportation and education funding. > The Cap Times

Assembly Republicans barnstorm state to push their K-12 funding plan


A small group of Assembly Republicans hit the road last week to drum up support for a new K-12 funding alternative to Gov. Walker’s budget proposal. The plan provides less per-pupil funding than Walker’s proposal, but targets districts who got less state aid on average when revenue limits were imposed 24 years ago. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Bill would require you be told what’s proposed for the state budget


A new proposal would make it more difficult for the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to make sweeping budget changes outside of public view. Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) sought support from colleagues last week for the so-called “Budget Transparency Act.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Republicans can’t agree on UW System tuition cut


Assembly and Senate Republicans are clashing over whether to cut UW System tuition in the next biennial budget, though they said there won’t be a tuition increase. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to take up the budget measure Tuesday, but scuttled action after Republicans couldn’t reach an agreement. > Wisconsin State Journal

Committee gives Marquette and bible camps bigger property tax break


The state budget committee voted to expand the amount of Marquette acreage not subject to property tax from 80 acres to 150 acres, and to lift the cap on Bible camp acreage exempt from property taxes from 30 to 40 acres. Republican Sen. Lutheran Olsen says the plan is a chance for the committee to help Christians. > AP / NBC 15

Budget committee rejects Walker’s proposed tech college tuition freeze


Gov. Walker’s proposed tuition freeze for technical colleges was rejected Thursday by the GOP-led budget committee, who opted to set aside $5 million for need-based financial aid instead. Committee co-chair Rep. Nygren (R-Marinette) said the state’s tech schools are already “very affordable” and focusing resources on need-based aid will make them even more so. > The Cap Times

Committee rejects Walker’s tax credit for post-foster care youth, pledges to find better strategy


The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee this week rejected Gov. Walker’s budget proposal to create a refundable tax credit for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system, but the committee’s Republican leaders said more work will be done to figure out how best to serve that population.  >  The Cap Times