Wisconsin State Budget

Politics & Government
1:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Assembly Advances State Budget

Assembly finishes its budget work
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The state Assembly quickly finished its work Wednesday, on Wisconsin's proposed 2013-15 state budget, after Democrats decided not to offer amendments.

The plan totals $70 billion and, among other provisions, would:

-- cut income taxes by $650 million

-- expand the school voucher program statewide

-- concur with Gov. Walker to reject federal money to expand the state Medicaid program to all households living at up to 130% of the federal poverty level. Instead, the state will cover those with incomes at or below 100% of the poverty line

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Assembly Budget Debate is Short in First Day

Lawmakers in the state Assembly spent most of their time Tuesday waiting for budget changes.
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The state Assembly was supposed to put in a day-long session Tuesday debating the budget, but ended up only deliberating for 15 minutes.

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10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Delays Vote on Special Needs Vouchers

Aaron and Sandy Krause are proponents of the special needs vouchers. Aaron has autism, and says he’s been able to perform much better in a small, private school than in a public school
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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.

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Politics & Government
11:52 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Committee Approves Work Rules for Food Benefits

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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.

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Politics & Government
2:08 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Update: Legislature's Budget Committee Actions

Busy budget day inside state Capitol
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So far, during its state budget deliberations Tuesday, the Joint Finance Committee approved:

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