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Joint Finance panel takes business courts out of budget

The state’s powerful budget committee is taking a slew of proposals out of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, including one recommending the Wisconsin Supreme Court set up special courts for business cases.

According to a memo released Thursday by co-chairs Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, 83 provisions of Walker’s budget proposal, including the recommendation for business courts, are “non-fiscal policy items” and “should not be addressed in the budget.”

Walker had recommended that the high court set up special business courts by rule. Other proposals that will be taken out of the budget had called for increasing the minimum forfeiture from $20 to $40 and changing how the state Department of Justice reports information about restitution paid to victims.

Still others called for eliminating the state’s remaining prevailing-wage laws and banning local governments from using mandatory project-labor agreements in a way that critics say favors union companies..

In response, Gov. Walker issued a statement Thursday afternoon thanking Nygren and Darling for keeping his proposal for K-12 schools intact.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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