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Republican legislators have not been walking in lockstep this time, with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget.

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A group of GOP state lawmakers sent a letter to legislative leaders on Thursday, saying they cannot support the proposed state budget, in its current form.

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The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga wants to more than double Gov. Walker's plan to cut state income taxes.

Busy Day Ahead for Joint Finance Committee

May 23, 2013

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

Committee Approves Work Rules for Food Benefits

May 22, 2013
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The Legislature's budget committee has concurred with Gov. Walker, to require able-bodied adults to either work or attend job training sessions, in order to receive food share benefits.

The requirement would pertain to adults with no children and with incomes up to 200% of the poverty level (approx. $23,000 per individual), and demand 20 hours per week of working or training.

Those who don't meet the requirement, could only receive food 'stamps' for three months every three years.

Update: Legislature's Budget Committee Actions

May 21, 2013
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So far, during its state budget deliberations Tuesday, the Joint Finance Committee approved:

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Why should the State maintain funding for county conservationists? One analyst explains they help farmers - and Wisconsin's water.

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released a report on the possible impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to require food stamp recipients to work.

Joint Finance Committee Actions Wednesday

May 15, 2013

Among items the Legislature's budget committee approved Wednesday:

-- Adding 61 positions to Dept. of Revenue to collect delinquent taxes (estimated at $1 billion)

-- Spending $2 million federal to set up private deer hunts

-- Reducing wolf hunting license fees from $100 to $47 (residents) and $500 to $249 (non-residents)

-- Relaxing Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease testing protocols and allowing elk importation

-- Assigning the Dept. of Revenue to manage unclaimed funds, removing that duty from state Treasurer

Wisconsin May Double Job Search Requirements

May 14, 2013

Laid-off workers in Wisconsin may have to search for four jobs a week – rather than two, if they want to continue receiving unemployment compensation. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the higher standard on Monday. Now it’s part of the proposed state budget, and would give Wisconsin one of the highest standards in the country.

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Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is warning Wisconsin that its school choice or voucher program cannot discriminate against students with disabilities.

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One of the big budget items coming before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Tuesday will be transportation.

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