2017-2019 State Budget

Just Announced! The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will hold six public hearings on the following dates at the following locations:

  1. Monday, April 3rd – UW-Platteville, Platteville
  2. Wednesday, April 5th – State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  3. Friday, April 7th – Berlin High School, Berlin
  4. Tuesday, April 18th – Spooner High School, Spooner
  5. Wednesday, April 19th – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  6. Friday, April 21st – Marinette High School, Marinette

See the JFC website for details! Go to JFC Meeting Schedule

Family Voices encourages families to attend one of the public hearings and educate legislators about issues that impact your family and your ability to care for your children. Families can 1) present your testimony, 2) submit a written copy of your comments/testimony but not present, 3) attend and register at the hearing and add short comments on your registration form, or 4) email your comments to the JFC Clerk.

**Check out our Helpful Hints for JFC Public Hearings


Family Voices of Wisconsin follows the state biennial budget process closely and we encourage families and providers to stay informed as the budget moves through the state legislature.

As an active member of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, Family Voices advocates for health and disability issues in the state budget.

We also work with and support the work of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) and their Wisconsin Budget Project.

Issues of Interest:

Long-Term Supports for Children


Educating students with disabilities

Mental Health Services


2015 – 2017 State Biennial Budget

NEW!  Survival Coalition’s response to the final budget (signed into law on July 13th) including the Governor’s veto actions.

The Governor’s Budget – AB 21 and SB 21 was introduced on February 3, 2015



  1. Long Term Care Coalition’s Memo “Misinformation Regarding the Wisconsin Long-Term Care System”  
  2. Survival Coalition’s frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on proposed changes to long term supports
  3. Keep Wisconsin’s care at home (as published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  4. WI Long-Term Care Coalition’s reaction to the Governor’s budget – Keep Our Care At Home
  5. Disability Advocates Question Changes to Long Term Care (Capitol Times article)
  6. Summary of Budget Provisions Impacting People with Disabilities (by Disability Rights Wisconsin)
  7. WI Budget Project’s Summary of Changes to K-12 education in the Governor’s budget