Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently introduced his 2021 biennial budget, laying the foundation for what our state will look like over the next two years. The budget is not only a document that determines how taxpayer dollars are spent — it is a representation of our collective values and a blueprint of our shared goals. Questions over whether we should continue overinvesting in the corrections system and local police departments at the expense of public schools — or deciding to invest greater resources into special education and healthcare programs — are as much about the budget as they are about our moral principles. The budget process, although complicated and tedious, is what translates the will of the people into the work of the government, defining what we want our public officials to prioritize.

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Joint Finance Hearing Dates:

The Joint Finance Committee will be holding in-person public hearings on the 2021-23 state budget as well as one virtual hearing. The hearing schedule includes:

  • Friday, April 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. Joint Finance In-Person Session at UW-Whitewater.
  • Wed., April 21, at 10 a.m. Joint Finance In-Person Session at The Hodag Dome in Rhinelander.
  • Thurs., April 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. Joint Finance In-Person Session at UW-Stout in Menomonie.
  • Wed., April 28, at 10 a.m. Virtual Joint Finance Session.

The public hearings will begin at 10 am and conclude at 5 pm.  The format will be similar to past hearings. Management at each of the venues will monitor capacity. Those wishing to testify at the virtual hearing will be required to register in advance, details to come on the registration process. A portal is available for individuals to provide input: www.legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments as well as an email address budget.comments@legis.wisconsin.gov .

Opportunities to testify about the budget

  • Thurs., April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Governor Evers’ Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids Register to attend here
  • Wed., April 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Governor Evers’ Badger Bounceback Live Session on Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization Register to attend here.  
  • Wed., April 21, 2021, at  6 p.m.  Governor Evers’ Badger Bounceback Live Session on Climate Change & Our Environment  Register to attend here.

Here's a list of resources pertaining to our 2021-2023 Budget Work:

  • View this free, two-part Budget Training Session workshop, which was designed for experienced advocates to come together with those who are new to budget advocacy to make a collective impact on the 2021-2023 state budget.
  • Blog: Breaking Down the Wisconsin State BudgetAs Gov. Evers prepares to introduce Wisconsin's biennial budget proposal next month, now is the time to learn about the state budget process and find out how you can influence what's in it.
  • Tools on How to Engage Directly With Your Elected OfficialsThis toolkit overviews a variety of different methods people can employ to actively engage and influence elected officials, from arranging meetings and garnering media attention, to effectively doing advocacy and more. Check it out, and make sure to share it with your friends and family too!

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