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March policy radar

Monday, March 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aaron Stauffacher, assoc. director of gov. affairs
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Spring Election
Mark your calendars and check your ballots. You will be voting April 2 for town and county government leaders as well as a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in a statewide race. It is becoming increasingly important to make sure your local government leaders understand today’s dairying practices.

Gov. Evers’ budget
Gov. Tony Evers released his state budget proposal in late February. Highlights include a transportation funding mechanism through a gas tax increase and minimum markup law repeal, increased funds for nonpoint pollution programs, and a non-citizens driver’s permit proposal. It’s still unknown how the budget process will go as it is expected that the Legislature will put forward its own proposal. The current budget expires at the end of June.

DBA lawsuit

In January, a Milwaukee County judge invalidated key portions of DBA’s 2017 settlement agreement that ended the association’s Act 21 litigation over the state Department of Natural Resources’ regulation of calf hutch pads and vegetative treatment areas. Environmental groups sued the DNR over the agreement arguing that it illegitimately establishes a rule without going through the proper promulgation process. Coincidently, this argument was the basis for DBA’s lawsuit. The Department of Justice is deciding whether to appeal.

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