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Wisconsin Legislative Update

December 22, 2014

2015-2016 Proposed Legislative Calendar | 2015-2016 Policy Watch | Appointment Watch | Speaker Vos announces committee assignments for 2015-2016 Session

 

2015-2016 Proposed Legislative Calendar

Pending adoption by the Senate and Assembly via Joint Resolution when they take the floor in January, below is the proposed legislative calendar for 2015-2016 the Republican leaders have proposed.  In short, the Wisconsin Legislative Session will begin in January 2015 and end the first week of April 2016.

For reference, here are some dates of note from the 2013-2014 Session for Comparison

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2015-2016 Policy Watch

Policy issues receiving attention in advance of the beginning of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.

Property Tax Relief Tour

Governor Scott Walker travelled the state last week to highlight the property tax relief included in his Blueprint for Prosperity as Wisconsin families were receiving their property tax bills.

In a press release, Governor Walker noted that a typical homeowner will have a lower property tax bill in 2014 than they did 2010 and hinted that property tax reduction will continue to be a focus of his Administration by stating, "That is why I'm committed to continued property tax reform so property tax bills in 2018 will be even lower than they are today." (release)

Governor Walker noted that prior to taking office, property taxes on a median value home had increased 27 percent over a decade. These rates have gone down each of the last four years, providing the typical Wisconsin family over $800 in savings compared to the prior four year trend. 

The Governor's Office released the following examples of the savings typical homeowners are experiencing in all technical districts across the state:

 

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The Status of 2015-2017 State Budget

There have been several memos requested of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau to outline the status of the state budget under different revenue scenarios, allowing different lawmakers to paint scenarios of what the next legislature will need to do to address those issues.

This past week Director of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Bob Lang released a memo at the request of "numerous" legislators on the condition of the state's general fund for the 2015-17 biennium under a "cost-to-continue" budget. (Complete memo here)

Highlights of the memo include:

Opening balance:

Revenues:

Net Appropriations: 

Gross Balances: 

Based upon the assumptions shown above, the condition statement reflects that the gross ending balance for the 2015-17 biennium would be -$824 million. 

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FY 2015-2016

FY 2016-2017

Opening balance, July 1

$0

-$619,000,000

Revenues

$15,540,000,000

$15,507,000,0000

Appropriations

$16,159,000,000

$16,331,000,000

Gross Balance

-$619,000,000

-$824,000,000

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Appointment Watch

During this natural transition between gubernatorial terms, we will update you on new appointments made and who will be taking new leadership roles at the various agencies.

Attorney General's Office

Attorney General-Elect Brad Schimel announced who the members of his leadership team will be at the Wisconsin Department of Justice when he is sworn in next month.

Complete bios can be found in this release from the Schimel Transition Office.

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Chief Financial Office for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Stephanie Walker, is leaving the agency in mid January because her spouse has taken a job on the East Coast, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Walker was the fourth CFO in 3.5 years for WEDC.  WEDC also as vacant in the COO position, with the earlier departure of Ryan Murray.

Stephanie Walker is the chief financial officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin's lead economic development organization.

Prior to joining WEDC, Stephanie was the finance director for the Village of Shorewood in Milwaukee County where she was responsible for the preparation of the Village's financial statements and budget documents. The Village of Shorewood received both the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Mike Berg announced that he is retiring from state service, leaving a vacancy in the #2 position for that agency.  No immediate successor has been announced.

As Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Mike Berg was the chief operating officer for a state agency with 3,500 employees, dozens of field offices and an annual budget of more than $3 billion.  Berg is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in civil and environmental engineering.

He joined WisDOT as an engineer in the Green Bay office, steadily rising through the ranks, eventually becoming a supervisor in design and construction in 1988. In 2000, Berg was named district director for WisDOT's former District 4, heading up the department's Wisconsin Rapids office. In 2005, Berg returned to Green Bay as director of the Northeast Region, where he oversaw many large and small transportation improvement projects, including the start of construction on the massive US 41 project.

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Speaker Vos announces committee assignments for 2015-2016 Session

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) this past week announced the Republican committee assignments for the Assembly Standing Committees for the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.  The Democratic leadership has not assigned their members as of yet.

The Chair, Vice Chair and Republican members on the Assembly Committees on ______ are:

Committee

Chair

Vice Chair & GOP Members

Aging & Long Term Care

Rep. Tom Weatherston

Rep-Elect Romaine Quinn 

Agriculture

Rep. Lee Nerison

Rep-Elect Todd Novak-Vice
Rep. Gary Tauchen
Rep. Alvin Ott
Rep. Kathy Bernier
Rep. Keith Ripp
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep. Ed Brooks
Rep.-Elect Joel Kitchens
Rep.-Elect Nancy VanderMeer 

Campaigns & Elections

Rep. Kathy Bernier

Rep-Elect Tyler Vorpagel-Vice
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Rep.-Elect Cody Horlacher
Rep. Dave Craig
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo

Children & Families

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez

Rep-Elect Bob Gannon-Vice
Rep.-Elect Robert Brooks
Rep.-Elect Tyler Vorpagel
Rep. Samantha Kerkman
Rep.-Elect Janel Brandtjen
Rep.-Elect Dave Heaton
Rep. Adam Neylon

Colleges & Universities

Rep. Dave Murphy

Rep-Elect Robert Brooks-Vice
Rep.-Elect Mike Rohrkaste
Rep.-Elect Romaine Quinn
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez
Rep. Warren Petryk
Rep. Joan Ballweg
Rep. Scott Krug
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep.-Elect John Macco

Constitution & Ethics

Rep. Chris Kapenga

Rep. Jim Ott-Vice
Rep. John Jagler
Rep.-Elect Jesse Kremer
Rep.-Elect Cody Horlacher
Rep. Rob Hutton

Consumer Protection

Rep. Scott Krug

Rep. Paul Tittl-Vice
Rep.-Elect Terry Katsma
Rep. Adam Neylon
Rep. Lee  Nerison
Rep.-Elect Nancy VanderMeer

Corrections

Rep. Rob Hutton

Rep-Elect Janel Brandtjen-Vice
Rep.-Elect Bob Gannon
Rep. Ed Brooks
Rep. John Nygren
Rep. Joel Kleefisch

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Rep. Joel Kleefisch

Rep-Elect Jesse Kremer-Vice
Rep. John Spiros
Rep. Jim Ott
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez
Rep.-Elect Cody Horlacher
Rep.-Elect Todd Novak
Rep. Mark Born

Education

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt

Rep-Elect Joel Kitchens-Vice
Rep. John Jagler
Rep. Dean Knudson
Rep. Jesse Rodriguez
Rep.-Elect Robert Brooks
Rep.-Elect Cody Horlacher
Rep. Dave Murphy
Rep.-Elect Romaine Quinn
Rep. Rob Hutton

Energy & Utilities

Rep. Mike Kuglitsch

Rep-Elect Dave Steffen-Vice
Rep. Tom Larson
Rep. Andre Jacque
Rep. Kevin Petersen
Rep. Tom Weatherston
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep.-Elect Adam Jarchow
Rep. Warren Petryk
Rep. Adam Neylon

Environment & Forestry

Rep. Jeff Mursau

Rep. Scott Krug-Vice
Rep. Mary Czaja
Rep.-Elect Joel Kitchens
Rep. Rob Swearingen
Rep.-Elect James Edming
Rep.-Elect Robert Brooks
Rep.-Elect Scott Allen

Family Law

Rep. Tom Larson

Rep. Kathy Bernier-Vice
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Rep. Dave Craig
Rep. Jeff Mursau
Rep. Joel Kleefisch

Financial Institutions

Rep. Dave Craig

Rep-Elect Terry Katsma-Vice
Rep. Chris Kapenga
Rep.-Elect Adam Jarchow
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
Rep. Mark Born
Rep. Joan Ballweg
Rep. Tom Weatherston
Rep. Dave Murphy
Rep. Kevin Petersen
Rep.-Elect Joel Kitchens

Health

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo

Rep-Elect Mike Rohrkaste-Vice
Rep.-Elect James Edming
Rep. Ken Skowronski
Rep.-Elect Jesse Kremer
Rep. Paul Tittl
Rep. Chris Kapenga
Rep. Kevin Petersen

Housing & Real Estate

Rep. John Jagler

Rep-Elect Scott Allen-Vice
Rep.-Elect Robert Brooks
Rep.-Elect Terry Katsma
Rep. Dave Murphy
Rep. John Murtha

Insurance

Rep. Kevin Petersen

Rep-Elect Dave Heaton-Vice
Rep.-Elect Bob Gannon
Rep.-Elect David Steffen
Rep. John Jagler
Rep. Warren Petryk
Rep. Dave Craig
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep. Mark Born
Rep. Tyler Augus

Interstate Affairs Committee

Rep. Andre Jacque

Democrat*
Rep.-Elect Mike Rohrkaste
Rep. Ed Brooks
Rep. Samantha Kerkman
Rep. Alvin Ott
Rep.-Elect Cody Horlacher

Jobs & the Economy

Rep. Adam Neylon

Rep. Scott Krug-Vice
Rep. Gary Tauchen
Rep.-Elect Scott Allen
Rep. Bob Kulp
Rep. Paul Tittl
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch
Rep.-Elect John Macco
Rep. Mike Rohrkaste
Rep.-Elect David Steffen

Judiciary

Rep. Jim Ott

Rep-Elect Cody Horlacher-Vice
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Rep.-Elect Dave Heaton
Rep. Tom Larson
Rep. Samantha Kerkman

Labor

Rep. Andre Jacque

Rep. John Spiros-Vice
Rep. Dan Knodl
Rep. Chris Kapenga
Rep. Bob Kulp
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch

Mental Health

Rep. Paul Tittl

Rep. John Jagler-Vice
Rep. Joan Ballweg
Rep.-Elect Todd Novak
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
Rep.-Elect Mike Rohrkaste
Rep. Nancy VanderMeer
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez

Mining & Rural Development

Rep. Bob Kulp

Rep. Jeff Mursau-Vice
Rep. Kathy Bernier
Rep.-Elect Todd Novak
Rep.-Elect Romaine Quinn
Rep.-Elect Nancy Vander Meer
Rep. Ed Brooks
Rep. Scott Krug
Rep. Tom Larson
Rep.-Elect Jesse Kremer

Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage

Rep. Al Ott

Rep-Elect Romaine Quinn-Vice
Rep. Joel Kleefisch
Rep. Mark Born
Rep. Paul Tittl
Rep.-Elect James Edming
Rep. Jeff Mursau
Rep. Lee Nerison
Rep. Keith Ripp
Rep. Ken Skowronski

Public Benefit Reform

Rep. Mark Born

Rep. Chris Kapenga-Vice
Rep.-Elect Janel Brandtjen
Rep.-Elect Tyler Vorpagel
Rep. Michael Schraa
Rep.-Elect Jesse Kremer
Rep. Dave Craig
Rep. Adam Neylon
Rep. Scott Krug
Rep. Gary Tauchen

Small Business Development

Rep. Gary Tauchen

Rep-Elect James Edming-Vice
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep. Rob Hutton
Rep.-Elect Scott Allen
Rep. Rob Swearingen
Rep. Tom Larson
Rep.-Elect Bob Gannon
Rep.-Elect Nancy VanderMeer
Rep. Ken Skowronski

State Affairs & Government Operations

Rep. Rob Swearingen

Rep. Dave Craig-Vice
Rep. John Jagler
Rep.-Elect Janel Brandtjen
Rep. Joel Kleefisch
Rep.-Elect Bob Gannon
Rep. Keith Ripp
Rep. Bob Kulp
Rep. Gary Tauchen
Rep.-Elect Tyler Vorpagel

Tourism

Rep. Travis Tranel

Rep-Elect Adam Jarchow-Vice
Rep. Jeff Mursau
Rep. Gary Tauchen
Rep. Joel Kleefisch
Rep.-Elect Joel Kitchens
Rep. Mark Born
Rep. Alvin Ott
Rep. Rob Swearingen
Rep. Joan Ballweg

Transportation

Rep. Keith Ripp

Rep. John Spiros-Vice
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Rep. Tom Weatherston
Rep. Alvin Ott
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo
Rep.-Elect Tyler Vorpagel
Rep. Tom Larson
Rep. Rob Swearingen
Rep.-Elect John Macco

Urban & Local Affairs

Rep. Ed Brooks

Rep. Rob Hutton-Vice
Rep.-Elect Todd Novak
Rep.-Elect Romaine Quinn
Rep-Elect David Steffen
Rep. Ken Skowronski

Veterans & Military Affairs

Rep. Ken Skowronski

Rep-Elect Nancy VanderMeer-Vice
Rep. Tom Weatherston
Rep. Warren Petryk
Rep.-Elect Scott Allen
Rep.-Elect James Edming
Rep. Lee Nerison
Rep.-Elect Dave Heaton
Rep. Jim Ott
Rep. Paul Tittl

Ways & Means

Rep. John Spiros

Rep-Elect John Macco-Vice
Rep. Samantha Kerkman
Rep.-Elect Todd Novak
Rep.-Elect David Steffen
Rep. Andre Jacque
Rep.-Elect Terry Katsma
Rep. Kevin Petersen

Workforce Development

Rep. Warren Petryk

Rep. Tom Weatherston-Vice
Rep. Dave Murphy
Rep. Keith Ripp
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch
Rep.-Elect Terry Katsma
Rep. Bob Kulp
Rep. Kathy Bernier
Rep.-Elect Janel Brandtjen
Rep.-Elect Joel Kitchens

Joint Audit

Rep. Samantha Kerkman

Rep.-Elect John Macco-Vice
Rep. John Nygren

Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR)

Rep. Joan Ballweg

Rep. Dean Knudson-Vice
Rep. Jim Ott

Legislative Council

Rep. Joan Ballweg

Rep. Dan Knodl
Rep. John Murtha

Tax Exemptions

Rep. Tyler August

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Retirement Systems

Rep. Dave Murphy

.

Information Policy & Technology

Rep. Kevin Petersen

.

Review of Criminal Penalties

Rep. Andre Jacque

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* Minority Leader Barca will pick a member of his caucus to serve as vice chair of that committee.

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