March 29, 2017

Many people have been involved in the Kaukauna Budget Action Workshop where plans were developed for the Joint Finance Committee Hearings.  It is time to solidify the planning and turn it into real action and we hope you will join the effort.
Whether you plan on attending a hearing to show your support, are testifying in person, or submitting written or virtual testimony prior to the hearing, please read the information below.  Considering the short timeline, we need to move quickly.  We encourage you to share this email with your personal contacts (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) so we spread the message far and wide that "Your Voice Matters!"
Thank you for your efforts in making a positive difference in our state.

JFC HEARINGS (subject to change)
Monday, April 3 , 10am - 5pm  - UW-Platteville , Ullsvick Hall,30 South Hickory Street, Platteville, WI 53818
Wednesday, April 5, 10 am - 6pm - State Fair Park , Exposition Center, 8200 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214
Friday, April 7, 10am - 5pm - Berlin High School , Auditorium, 222 Memorial Drive, Berlin, WI 54923
Tuesday, April 18 10am - 6pm   - Spooner High School , Auditorium, 801 County Highway A, Spooner, WI 54801
Wednesday, April 19 10am - 5pm   - Ellsworth High School, Gymnasium, 323 West Hillcrest Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011

Saturday, April 15, Budget Refresher Meeting, 11 a.m. -  Stevenson Public Library, 1700 Hall Ave, Marinette, WI 54143 (REGISTER HERE) 
Friday, April 21 10am - 5pm   - Marinette High School , Auditorium, 2135 Pierce Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143
Please RSVP today  to be part of this effort - whether you intend to testify in person, support others who are testifying at the hearings, or submit written and video testimony outside of the hearings. YOUR story matters, and it needs to be heard by decision-makers. Our goal is to make sure that the local-level stories that need to be heard are heard, and that our testimony covers all the issues of major concern. 
Be sure to add the names of those YOU will recruit to the RSVP form or forward them the link. Then follow-up with them to be sure they have developed their own plan and that they have registered.  Let's make our voices strong! 
Your response to the RSVP will assure you are kept in the loop.  


  • Be sure your complete name and contact info is on all testimony.
  • Speakers should arrive by 8:00 a.m. and sign in with the JFC staff.
  • Bring three copies of your testimony:
- one for you
- one to submit when you register with the legislative assistant
- one to share with our Hearing Day Lead
Those not attending may submit written and video testimony via email to:

Committee Clerk: Joe Malkasian  (608) 264-8314 
Here is an excellent example of video testimony:
Be sure to send a copy of your testimony to your own legislative representative and senator.
VOTE . . . APRIL 4
The spring election is on Tuesday, April 4.  (You can vote now through Friday, March 31, at your local Clerk's office.) This is an important election to decide the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Incumbent Dr. Tony Evers is being challenged by Lowell Holtz. The League of Women Voters has posted information about the election here.  There is a debate scheduled for Friday, March 31, that will air on both WPR and Wisconsin Public Television beginning at 7 p.m.  Be sure your friends vote, too!
PLANS FOR APRIL 7 (Berlin) . . .  then APRIL 21 (Marinette)

These are the closest hearings to us. Details are being worked on.
Who can YOU recruit surrounding the Berlin or Marinette area? Call them and send them the RSVP link today!  
___2. Recruit YOUR people.
___3. Recruit your contacts surrounding the Berlin and Marinette areas.
___4. Finalize your testimony.
___5. Don't forget to vote on April 4.
___6. See you at the JFC Hearing!

Legislative/Budget Overview

The Wisconsin state budget cycle is picking up steam, now that the governor has introduced his budget proposal and the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee has set its official hearings.  Again, here is the schedule:
  • Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville
  • Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  • Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin
  • Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner
  • Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  • Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette
May 2-28: The Joint Finance Committee will hold executive sessions on the budget.

Legislative Leadership

Senate Leadership
President: Roger Roth, R-Appleton
Majority Leader: Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau
Minority Leader: Jennifer Shilling, D-LaCrosse
Assembly Leadership
Speaker: Robin Vos, R-Rochester Majority Leader: Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna
Minority Leader: Peter Barca, D-Kenosha


Joint Finance Committee
Co-Chair: Alberta Darling, R-River Hills

 Republican members
Democratic members 
Co-Chair: John Nygren, R-Marinette

Republican members
Democratic members

Senate Education Committee
Chair:  Luther Olsen, R-Ripon

Republican members
Alberta Darling (Vice-Chair), River Falls
Stephen Nass, Whitewater
Leah Vukmir , Brookfield
Democratic members
Chris Larson, Milwaukee
Janet Bewley, Ashland
LaTonya Johnson , Milwaukee

Assembly Education Committee
Chair: Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac

Republican members
Joel Kitchens (Vice-Chair), Sturgeon Bay
John Jagler, Watertown
Shannon Zimmerman, River Falls
Jessie Rodriguez, Oak Creek
Ron Tusler, Harrison
Jeffrey Mursau, Crivitz
Romaine Quinn, Rice Lake
Cindi Duchow, Town of Delafield
Chuck Wichgers, Muskego
Democratic members
Sondy Pope, Mt. Horeb
Eric Genrich, Green Bay
Dave Considine, Baraboo
Gary Hebl, Sun Prairie
David Bowen, Milwaukee
Don Vruwink, Milton

Find the above info along with talking points here.

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