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Capitol Chat webinars to begin Feb. 24; State budget webpage revamped

The Government Relations team will begin their state budget-focused webinar series Capitol Chat on Friday, February 24 at noon. These will be shorter weekly webinars every Friday at noon primarily focusing on developments at the Capitol with an opportunity to ask questions. We plan to record these webinars for those who are not able to watch live.
You can access the Capitol Chat webinars on our NEW State Budget Webpage (among other places). The webpage has been redesigned in a more user-friendly format and includes:


Gov. Evers to give budget address, unveil 2023-25 budget proposal on Feb. 15

Governor Evers is scheduled to give his 2023-25 state budget address next Wednesday evening, Feb. 15 before a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly in the state Capitol. The speech will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly chambers.

At that time, the governor will unveil and highlight his budget proposal, which by law will then be introduced by the Joint Finance Committee. That will mark the start of several months of legislative discussion and debate over the state’s next biennial (or two-year) budget.  If all goes as planned. that discussion and debate will result in passage of the budget bill in late June or early July. (more…)

USDA proposes significant changes to school meal standards.

Last Friday (Feb. 3), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is proposing significant changes to standards governing school meals. The changes are aimed at making the meals healthier, with a particular emphasis on reducing sugar and salt. 

A 60-day public comment period on the proposal starts tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb.7).   The proposed changes are the product of a multiyear effort, and were developed with input from school nutrition professionals, public health experts, industry and parents, according to a USDA statement


WASB resolutions adopted by the 2023 Delegate Assembly posted

The resolutions adopted by the 2023 WASB Delegate Assembly on Jan 18 have been posted on the WASB website. You can access that document HERE.

Resolutions adopted by the annual Delegate Assemblies set the policy direction for the WASB and its lobbying efforts. Once adopted, these resolutions remain in force unless amended or repealed.

More information can be found on the Delegate Assembly website.