2017 - 2018
Legislative Update for Wisconsin Technical Colleges

December 20, 2017


Fall Session Report

Following final passage of the state budget and Foxconn manufacturing zone legislation in mid-September, the Legislature jumped into a busy fall session. While no major bills directly aimed at technical colleges have been considered, other issues that may be of interest are detailed in this report. The legislative calendar for Spring 2018 is as follows: January 16-25; February 13-22; and March 13-22.

In state higher education circles, Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been an important influence on policy since her election to the State Senate in 2003. Senator Harsdorf left her seat in late November, upon her appointment by the Governor as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Harsdorf served as both chair of the Senate higher education committee and on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Her successors in those roles have yet to be named.

The Assembly Ways and Means Committee has split into four subcommittees, in order to undertake comprehensive tax reform at the state level. Four subcommittees have been established in order to examine the following areas: (a) personal and corporate income taxes; (b) local government taxes and funding; (c) sales and use taxes; and (d) excise taxes and fees. The subcommittees have begun holding preliminary meetings, and are expected to begin considering legislative proposals as soon as February.

Bills of Interest