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    March 03, 2015

    Chief Justice Runs Through Key Budget Initiatives at Joint Finance Briefing

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    March 3, 2015 – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance is holding agency budget briefings this week in an effort to flesh out the more specific details of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed biennial budget.

    In this video, Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson discusses the governor’s budget recommendations and how those modifications will impact the court system.

    In her testimony, Abrahamson tells members of the committee that she supports the basic concepts of the governor’s budget, with the exception of a few items, including the elimination of the Judicial Council and moving administration of the Judicial Commission from the Department of Administration to the supreme court.

    “I am pleased to say that the governor’s proposals honor the judiciary’s role as a separate branch of government,” Abrahamson says. “Flexibility is a key concept in the governor’s proposal for the court system, and we appreciate this approach.”

    Once the Joint Committee on Finance concludes its agency budget briefings, it will hold public hearings in locations around the state.

    Note: Please be aware that the audio and video are not fully synced in this video excerpt.

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