(Wisconsin State Capitol) – The co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) announced a series of public hearings around the state this week to receive input from citizens on the state budget. The Joint Committee on Finance is the legislative committee responsible for reviewing and making changes to the state budget.
Among the locations the co-chairs selected for a public hearing is the Baldwin-Woodville High School Auditorium in Baldwin. State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who also serves as a member of the JFC, commended the decision to bring this important Committee to western Wisconsin.
“I am pleased that the co-chairs listened to the input from legislators from western Wisconsin and scheduled a hearing in Baldwin,” Harsdorf stated. “This will provide an opportunity for area residents to share their thoughts and concerns on the state budget with members of the budget-writing committee.”
The Baldwin hearing will be held on April 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Senator Harsdorf worked with area State Representatives Dean Knudson, John Murtha, and Erik Severson to encourage the scheduling of a hearing in our area. Representative Knudson is also a member of the budget-writing committee.
“Those of us that represent western and northwestern Wisconsin recognize the frustration many residents feel in getting Wisconsin news and keeping up with issues in our state,” continued Harsdorf. “Bringing the Finance Committee to our region will enable citizens to participate directly in the budget process by providing their input to committee members.”
Individuals interested in testifying should register with legislative staff when they arrive at the hearing. Those that do not wish to testify, but would like to watch the proceedings, are also encouraged to attend. Written testimony can also be submitted to the JFC by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Joint Committee on Finance, Attn: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East State Capitol, Madison, WI, 53702.
In addition to Baldwin, the JFC has scheduled hearings in Greendale, Green Bay, and Lake Delton. Following the public hearings, the Committee will begin its work on amending and proposing changes to the budget proposal, which was submitted by the Governor to the State Legislature last month. More information on the JFC can be found at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc/.