The Joint Committee on Finance released its budget procedures memo on Thursday outlining what items they will consider from the governor's budget and what items they are rejecting.
JFC is starting from scratch for the Department of Transportation portion of the state budget, choosing to ignore the agency request and the governor's proposal.
JFC will be using a method called "base-year doubled" budgeting, which simply means taking this year's level of funding and doubling it to see what a cost-to-continue scenario would look like over the next biennium. This technique was used last summer (with other alterations) to create the illusion of a billion-dollar transportation deficit, which started the gas tax debate. MacIver's analysis of that dubious math can be found here.
JFC will also remove 83 non-fiscal policy items from the governor's proposal, which will be drafted as individual bills separate from the budget. Some of the more notable items include:
- DPI - Elmininate required hours of instruction for public schools
- DPI - Eliminate requirement for monthly school board meetings
- SPS - Create occupational license review council
- UW - Segregated fees opt out
- UW - Three year degrees
- UW - Credit transfer program
- UW - Faculty workload reporting
- UW - Freedom of expression
- Repeal prevailing wage
- Project labor agreements
For the rest of the budget, JFC will use the governor's proposal as its starting point, including Walker's K-12 education proposal. There had been concerns that the committee would also start from "base-year doubled" for K-12, which could have meant less aid compared to the governor's plan.
Cross-posted at the MacIver Institute.