Behind Closed Doors — Democratic Caucus Budget Work

Gary Hume, Door Painting (for more information, click the image)

Gary Hume, Door Painting (for more information, click the image)

The WisPolitics Budget Blog reports that after an initial open session, the Assembly Democratic caucus shut the door on the public ” to discuss strategy and process for the budget bill.”

Reps. Cory Mason, D-Racine, and Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah have a bill pending to open caucus sessions to the public. It has been referred to committee. Meanwhile the closed door decisions on our state’s future are being made.

Some developments are public. Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer issued a memo raising objections to some items from the Joint Finance Committee budget, including the QEO repeal and the arbitration changes for teachers. Also on the Education front, Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber raised concerns about education funding in the open caucus session.

Some links to related things.

“Ain’t No Sunshine,” on AMPS.

Assembly Democrats ID concerns with Wisconsin budget, Green Bay Press Gazette.

Editorial: Budget dealings are insult to public, Appleton Post Crescent.

Budget process, contract talks not ‘transparent,’ Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Assembly Democrats’ Fundraiser Appears Out Of Bounds, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Thomas J. Mertz

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