WI Committee looks to change Governor's budget proposal
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's finance committee has started its push to revise Republican Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 state budget proposal.
The committee began with briefings Monday from state agencies on how the budget would affect them. First up was the Department of Administration. Former DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch, who helped develop the budget but began a new job as a state utilities regulator on Monday, fielded questions from the panel.
Republicans began by asking the state would lose if the Milwaukee Bucks left Wisconsin if they don't get a new arena. Huebsch said the state would lose about $7 million in annual taxes.
Minority Democrats complained about a $300 million cut from the University of Wisconsin System. Huebsch countered that the budget grants UW freedom from state oversight that will foster innovation.