Submitted by Paul Schwebach, Executive Director, Pierce County Economic Development Corporation

MADISON, WI -- On Thursday, March 16, 2017, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), the Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), released the following statement outlining the timeline for statewide public hearings on the 2017-19 State Budget:

"Every budget cycle, the Joint Finance Committee travels the state to hold several public hearings on the state budget. Our goal is to hear from as many Wisconsinites as possible about how we can improve upon the governor's budget recommendations and continue to prioritize what's important to Wisconsin residents."

This year, the Committee will be holding 6 public hearings at the following locations:

Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville, Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin, Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner, Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth, Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette.

More information regarding the times of the public hearings will be released at a later date.

"We highly encourage you to attend one of the public hearings if you're able. Hearing comments, concerns, and opinions from Wisconsin citizens is key for us to craft the best possible budget for our state, and we look forward to working with you as we begin the 2017-19 State Budget process."

Editor’s Note:This is the only legislative committee that will be making the Governor’s budget recommendations to the Legislature. Should you testify or contact the JFC with your opinions, please also consider expressing your opinion about the Governor’s proposal to eliminate the publication of a number of Legal/Public Notices in newspapers, which will be a serious blow to government transparency.