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People with Disabilities, their Families and Advocates Should Attend Budget Hearings

Critical Decisions Will be Made About How State Dollars Are Spent to Support People with Disabilities.

The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance (Budget) Committee will hold four public hearings around the state in April. This gives residents an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to parts of the budget. Please click here to see what the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, which includes Disability Rights Wisconsin, thinks should be in our out of the state budget in areas like children and adult long-term supports, Medicaid, Special Education, transportation, mental health and more.

If you want to testify at one of these hearings in a group with other advocates or need help putting your testimony together, contact the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities staff.

Where and When are Hearings?

Thursday April 4 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Greendale High School Auditorium
6801 Southway
Greendale, WI 53129

Monday, April 8 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Lambeau Field
Legends Club Room — 4th Level
Lambeau Field Atrium
1265 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304

Wednesday, April 10 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Kalahari Resort
Suites 2 and 7 (Main Level)
1305 Kalahari Drive,
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Thursday, April 18 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Baldwin-Woodville High School Auditorium
1000 13th Avenue
Baldwin, WI 54002

What Can I Expect?

Get there early if you can! You will be able to sign in and testify in order of arrival. If you have special needs or bring a child with you and are unable to wait for long periods, you can make a request to committee chairs to see if you can testify earlier. Bring 20 copies of your written testimony, if you can write something up. Expect to testify for only about 2-5 minutes. Try not to read your testimony word for word – and remember that personal stories that make a point about something that should be funded or taken out of the budget are important and will be remembered more than facts and figures! Consider testifying as a group if you share the same key points with other advocates– this demonstrates a critical mass about your issue! If you do this, sign in as a group. Encourage your friends and neighbors who care about disability issues to come with you!

Legislators from each of the hearing areas are expected to attend the hearings as well as the members of the Joint Finance Committee. Residents can also send written comments about the budget or share their written testimony by email.