Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason) has announced she will reappoint Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) and Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) to the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC). Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) announced the reappointment of Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and the appointment of Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) who replaces retiring Rep. Deb Kolste (D-Janesville) who briefly replaced outgoing Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) on the committee.
The JFC co-chairs for this coming session are Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette). The remaining GOP members of the committee have not yet been announced.
The Joint Committee on Finance is a statutory, 16-member standing committee of the Wisconsin Legislature, split equally between 8 Senate members and 8 Assembly members. The majority party in each house appoints six members, while the minority party in each house appoints two members. Republicans currently hold the majority in both houses; Democrats are in the minority.
The Committee’s primary responsibility is to serve as the principal legislative committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues. It plays a major role in shaping the state’s two-year (biennial) budget.