The public hearing portion of the budget process began yesterday, April 4th, as the Joint Committee on Finance heard many witnesses testify on issues ranging from residency requirements to education policy. According to WiscPolitics.com, yesterday’s speakers included Milwaukee Mayer Tom Barret and former senator Van Wanggard. The committee will meet again on Monday, April 8th at Lambeau Field in the Legends Club Room (10:00am-5:00pm), Wednesday, April 10th at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Lake Delton, WI (10:00am-5:00pm), and Thursday, April 18th at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin, WI (10:00am-5:00pm).
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Yesterday, April 4th, marked Wisconsin’s first UW-Madison, UW-Extension, and UW Colleges Day at the State Capital. Sponsored and organized by University Relations, the event intended to show legislators the innovation and research found within Wisconsin’s colleges, and the impact this research has on all of Wisconsin. A diverse array of exhibitions showcased all sorts of fields, ranging from the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology’s stuffed badger to Babcock Dairy Plant’s live demonstration of Master Cheesemaker Gary Grossen at work.
On the event, director of state relations Don Nelson explained, “Even though the capitol and campus are only separated by a distance of a mile, there can sometimes be a gulf of understanding. We hope events like this can be a good way to bridge that gap. We feel very strongly that the Legislature needs to understand, in a hands-on way, the value that UW-Madison brings to the state.” For more information on the UW-Madison, UW-Extension, and UW Colleges Day, check out http://www.news.wisc.edu/21646.
The Joint Committee on Finance will begin public hearings on the Governor’s 2013-15 Biennial Budget (Assembly Bill 40) the week of April 8th, 2013. Led by Senate Chair Alberta Darling and Assembly Chair Joh Nygren, the committee will meet on Monday, April 8th at Lambeau Field in the Legends Club Room (10:00am-5:00pm), Wednesday, April 10th at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Lake Delton, WI (10:00am-5:00pm), and Thursday, April 18th at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin, WI (10:00am-5:00pm).
All hearings are open to the public.