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Busy Day Ahead for Joint Finance Committee

Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee will consider multiple budget proposals today, including some that could prove contentious.

The Republican controlled budget writing panel is expected to approve a Walker administration plan to freeze UW-System tuition for two years and slash a planned spending increase for schools. The item is just one of several on today's Joint Finance Committee agenda . Action is also expected on how to close a $63.6 million deficit in the state transportation fund. The Governor’s office previously estimated the highway building deficit at about $13 million. Joint Finance Committee members could vote to delay freeway work in the Milwaukee area to help absorb some of the red ink. Funding for mass transit is also on the docket. The Republican dominated budget panel will also consider a review of the Governor’s plan to take DNA from anyone arrested for a felony and anyone convicted of a crime. Now, the state only takes DNA from convicted felons and sex offenders. The JFC will consider whether to exempt rent to own stores from state consumer protection laws including a Walker recommendation to exempt such stores from having to disclose interest rates.