Joint Finance Committee

Environment
1:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Finance Committee Weighs Future of County Conservationists, Buy Local Program

Big rains carry unprotected soils and sediments from agricultural and construction sites into Lake Superior in Chequamegon Bay (near Ashland, Wis.) It's these situations county conservation departments try to avoid.
Credit Bob Gross/Hired Lens Photography

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence interviews Bridget Holcomb.

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

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Environment
10:14 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Cuts Back Stewardship Funding

Parcel of land preserved in Door County.

A party-line vote cut funding to Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program by $63.5 million dollars over the next seven years.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Actions Wednesday

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

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