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Advocates, Medicaid recipients push for expansion

Democratic lawmakers say state should join 24 other states expanding

Health care advocates and recipients of Wisconsin's BadgerCare benefits are calling on the Legislature's budget committee to accept a federally funded Medicaid expansion.

Public hearings, studies called on standards

JFC voted to require a closer look at implementing the Common Core Standards

More studies and public hearings would be required before Wisconsin could take any further action to implement academic standards under action taken by the Legislature's budget committee.

Proposal would cut benefits to unemployed

Benefits would be reduced by $37 million over next 2 years

Benefits paid to unemployed people in Wisconsin would be reduced by $37 million over the next two years under a Republican-backed plan approved by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

Vote on voucher school plan, funding delayed

Walker, state GOP leaders unable to reach deal

The Legislature's budget-writing committee has delayed taking action on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to expand the private school voucher program outside of Milwaukee and Racine.

Proposal would collect DNA in misdemeanor cases

Lawmakers move to expand DNA database by requiring samples for lesser crimes

Joint Finance leaders passed a Department of Justice proposal on Friday that changes current DNA testing requirements for criminals to include anyone arrested for a felony and all misdemeanor convictions.

Committee cuts roadwork to close budget gap

Cuts to close $54 million defeicit in roads fund

The Legislature's budget-writing committee has unanimously approved dozens of recommendations aimed at closing a $54 million deficit in Wisconsin's roads fund.

Panel passes Wis. food stamp work requirement

Those not able to meet require would be limited

Proposal would require able-bodied adults on Wisconsin's food stamps program to spend at least 20 hours a week working or getting trained for a job.

Budget committee approves sand mining plan

Money to be pulled from state's environmental management fund

Wisconsin's budget-writing committee has approved pulling money from the state's environmental management fund to cover sand mining inspections.

Wis. budget panel to consider rent-to-own changes

Provisions in Walker's budget would exempt rent-to-own store from consumer protection laws

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is poised to consider provisions in Gov. Scott Walker's executive budget that would exempt rent-to-own stores from Wisconsin's consumer protection laws.

Lawmakers consider how to spend $575M in unexpected revenue

Reps. on both sides eye K-12 funding increase

The state will take in much more money than expected in the next two years. New estimates out Thursday show the budget picture getting much better and lawmakers have to decide what to do with the cash.

Committee approves new 15-mile residency rule

Only police, fire, emergency workers would fall under requirement

Only police, fire and emergency workers could be required to live within 15 miles of the city or county where they work under a provision added to the state budget.

WEDC funding may be held in reserve

Plan would require proof of improvement prior to spending

Gov. Scott Walker's beleaguered jobs-creation agency would have to meet several tough new requirements before it gets money to operate under provisions the Republican-controlled budget committee has approved.

Leigislators may tie WEDC funding to reforms

Democrats call for delay in WEDC's budget consideration

Any increase in funding for Gov. Scott Walker's premier jobs-creating agency may be held by the Legislature until certain improvements are made. 

Wirch, Shilling named to Joint Finance Committee

Wirch, Shilling appointed by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats have appointed Sen. Bob Wirch and Sen. Jennifer Shilling to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the upcoming legislative session.

Wirch, Shilling named to Joint Finance Committee

Wirch, Shilling appointed by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats have appointed Sen. Bob Wirch and Sen. Jennifer Shilling to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the upcoming legislative session.