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Joint Finance Reduces Cuts to Municipalities; Eliminates Emergency Services MOE

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on Friday, June 03, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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On June 2, the state legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to eliminate the emergency services maintenance of effort funding requirement and restored some of the shared revenue cuts for counties and municipalities.Omnibus Motion 450, passed on vote of 11-4, provided a net reduction in shared revenue payments of $76,750,000, rather than the reduction of $96,000,000 proposed by Governor Walker. The committee also eliminated the requirement that counties and municipalities maintain their level of spending for emergency services at the 2009 level. This emergency services maintenance of effort law was passed in the prior biennium.Note that the governor had eliminated maintenance of effort funding for public libraries in his budget proposal. Efforts to restore MOE for public libraries have not been successful to date....

Joint Finance Committee Restores BadgerLink Funding

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on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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Members of the state legislature's Joint Committee on Finance today voted 16-0 to restore $512,000 in funding to BadgerLink that had been cut in Governor Walker's budget proposal. Motions to retain public library maintenance of effort (MOE) funding requirements or to allow MOE reductions of up to 10 percent (for this biennium only) failed on an 8-8 vote. Motions to restore all library-related funding failed on votes of 5-10 and 6-11. Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Sen. Robert Jauch (D-Poplar), Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River) and Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) where among those who spoke in favor of libraries. If you live in the district of a finance committee member, please take a moment to send your thanks for the restoration of BadgerLink funding. And, a big thank you to all the library supporters who sent emails to Governor Walker or legislators...
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  • Lisa Strand says #
    My apologies; I was focused on votes that passed or were astoundingly close, but I should have mentioned that there were two faile...
  • Lisa Strand says #
    It's not over yet!
  • Anonymous says #
    The proposed cuts to system funding are a significant problem, too. It is dissapointing you singled out MOE as you did.

WLA Issues Legislative Alert on Maintenance of Effort Funding for Public Libraries

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on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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WLA today issued the first of several planned legislative alerts to restore library programs that were cut as part of  the proposed 2011-13 State Executive Budget. First on the docket is support for retaining public library maintenance of effort funding.Under current Wisconsin Statutes 43.15 (4)(c), in order to take advantage of the significant benefits of public library system membership, local libraries must meet several requirements. One membership requirement is that the local library be funded at a level that is not lower than the average funding for the previous three years.  This requirement is commonly referred to as maintenance of effort - or as WLA has dubbed it, maintenance of membership support (MOMS). (More about MOMS)ACTION TO BE TAKEN:  Please contact your State Senator and Assembly Representative and ask for their support of either of the two MOE options described below. 1st OPTION:  separate billi.    WLA requests that the proposal to...