Capitol Buzz
December 1, 2020
2021 Municipal Services Payments Announced - Program Remains Underfunded

Earlier today, the Department of Administration announced the amount that each community hosting state buildings and other state facilities will receive in payments in 2021 under the Payment for Municipal Services program. The program, which is designed to reimburse municipalities for the cost of providing police, fire and garbage collection services to state facilities, has been funded at the same level since 2011, $18,584,200. That amount was sufficient to cover only 34% of the cost to municipalities of providing police, fire, and garbage collection services to state facilities statewide in 2020.

The highest amount at which the Payment for Municipal Services Program was funded was $21,998,800 from 2003-2008. In 2003, that amount was sufficient to cover 88% of the cost of providing municipal services to state facilities.

Assembly Republican Leader Resigns

Earlier today, Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), announced he is resigning from his Assembly seat to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Rep. Nygren has served as the Assembly Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance for four sessions. His time as Assembly Co-Chair is tied for the longest tenure in the Committee’s 109-year history. 

Presumably, Speaker Vos will announce shortly who will replace Rep. Nygren as Assembly co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee.

Read Rep. Nygren's announcement here.