By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin legislators go back to work this week as priorities begin to form for the upcoming budget cycle. Governor Scott Walker has not released his final budget plan, but highlighted items like cutting taxes, improving schools, and reforming welfare during his State of the State Address last week. Joint Finance Committee Chairperson and State Rep. John Nygren expects the upcoming session to have an additional focus on transportation funding and workforce development.
The legislative session calendar shows state Assembly and Senate members in Madison for floor periods several times in the opening months of the year, including January 17 to 19, February 7 to 9, and March 7 to 9. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in November, the state expects a $693 million shortfall in the upcoming budget.