The legislature’s budget writing committee is holding four hearings across the state to gather public input on the state budget (see below for dates and locations).. 

Committee members have shared with us how helpful it is to have real people share their stories and illustrate what makes a difference in their lives, and where improvements are needed.

The state budget determines how much money will be spent on different programs and services important to people with disabilities like: 

  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Long Term Care (Family Care, IRIS, Children’s Long Term Support)
  • Medicaid services (like personal care, dental care)
  • Employment

Joint Finance Committee hearings are an important opportunity for people with disabilities and their families to highlight budget proposals for the committee. We’ve included a list of proposals that our analysis concludes would benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that you can use to help you prepare written comments for Joint Finance. We have also partnered with Disability Rights Wisconsin and The ARC Wisconsin to provide Budget training sessions around the state for people with disabilities and their families. These sessions are free and you can find more information or register on our website at:

If you are unable to attend a hearing in person, you can submit your public comments on the state budget to:

BPDD State Budget Proposals for Joint Finance Committee

Friday April 5th

10 AM to 5 PM

Pontiac Convention Center

2809 North Pontiac Drive

Janesville, WI 53545

Wednesday April 10th

10 AM to 5 PM

Oak Creek Community Center

8580 South Howell Ave

Oak Creek, WI 53154

Monday April 15th

10 AM to 5 PM

University of Wisconsin River Falls

University Center, Riverview Ballroom #260

500 Wild Rose Avenue

River Falls, WI 54022

Free parking at the Pay One lot, North Second St..

Wednesday April 24th

10 AM to 5 PM

University of Wisconsin Green Bay

University Union, Phoenix Rooms

2430 Campus Court

Green Bay, WI 54311