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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.
Update on the Joint Finance Committee’s agenda for June 4
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 >>>
The famous Manitowoc County Pig Roast is set for Tuesday, July 9, at Manitowoc’s Lincoln Park. The event will be held in Cabin 2. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so order now. As in past years please make checks payable to Michelle Kohlbeck, $15 per person, BUT mail them to Cindy Satori, 6820 Hartlaub Lake Road, Manitowoc, WI, 54220. A registration form may also be found on our website.. Ticket order form Read more >>>
The roads you took to work this morning. The clean and safe water that you brushed your teeth with. The bus that picked your kids up for school.
Our taxes make all of these public services — and so much more — possible. They make our communities possible. And we're proud to invest in our common good.
Wis. appeals court refuses to reinstate Act 10
A Wisconsin appeals court has refused to put on hold a judge's decision repealing major parts of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 4th District Court of Appeals to place the September ruling of Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas on hold while an appeal is pending. Colas refused in October and the appeals court on Tuesday upheld that decision.
The appeals court says it sees "no basis to set aside the circuit court's decision that a stay was not warranted."
A spokeswoman for Van Hollen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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 >>>
Through the cooperation of AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and Council 40 we are pleased to announce a new free service for Local Unions. Laborweb is a simple and free tool to build websites and strengthen communication. (more)
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