With the end of the budget cycle looming, the Senate is expected to debate a series of bills to overhaul how state governments allocate money.
The issues being debated include: How much of the $100 billion in state and local government funding goes to local governments, the people who live there, or to the state or local government.
And what should the state pay for it?
Some of the measures proposed include: a $3.5 billion increase in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for the expansion of Medicaid; $1 billion for an overhaul of the Department’s funding formula; and $1.3 billion for a more equitable distribution of state and city money.
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The Senate is set to begin debate on bills related to local government in the House on Monday.
The legislation will then move to the House Rules Committee, where it will need to be approved by a majority vote before it can be passed.
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said the bills will not be introduced in the final legislative session of 2019.
But some senators, including Senate Minority Whip Don Gaetz (R-Fla.), are expected to be pushing for the bills to be brought forward.
Mr Fitzgerald said the Senate had been given “a very clear message” from the House that it would be in the best interest of the state for them to act on the legislation.
“The House of Representatives has the power to act,” Mr Fitzgerald told ABC Radio in a statement.
“It’s the responsibility of the Senate to pass legislation, to vote on it and then act.”
He said he would also like to see the Senate vote on the bill in the new session, which will begin on Monday morning.
“If we can pass a bill this week that puts the people of Wisconsin on notice, then we can start moving forward,” Mr Gaetz said.
But the Senate has a long way to go before it is ready to vote.
A recent report by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau said that the House would need to pass a $200 million funding bill to fund its local governments.
Senate Budget Chair Joe Donnelly (D-Wis.), who has proposed some of the bills, said he expects the House will pass the legislation by mid-December.
“We’ll be in session and I think it will be passed by the end,” Mr Donnelly said.
While Mr Donnacy said he had confidence the Senate would vote on a local government reform bill, he warned that it was “not a done deal”.
“We have to get there,” he said.
“And I think the Senate needs to get on board, because they’ve got to get this done.”
But I think there are going to be a lot of things that will be worked out.
I don’t know that we’re going to see anything in January, February, March.