Governor Walker Proposes the
2017-2019 Biennial Budget
Yesterday, Governor Walker introduced his proposal for the
2017-2019 biennial budget (AB
30). It's clear our reforms are working! As Governor Walker
has said, we have a "reform dividend" that gives us additional
funds to invest in important priorities like education,
transportation, workforce development, welfare reform, cutting
taxes, and many more. This proposal is by no means final; it's a
work in progress. The legislature will have several months to
take input from constituents and incorporate them into the
budget. If you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns
regarding the budget, please feel free to contact my office.
You can see my comments on the budget by clicking the photo
below. For a brief explanation of the budget process and helpful
links to the budget, please see "The Budget Process" story
Please click on the photo above to play a
video of my comments (approx. 90 seconds)
Investing in Our Colleges
I was with
the governor at Fox Valley Technical College today for his
announcement about the additional funding in the budget proposal
for our technical colleges and for grant aid for students to
make college more affordable.
As we build on my college affordability legislation from last
session, I look forward to working with the governor on keeping
costs low for college students, helping students complete their
credentials in a timely manner, and moving our economy forward.
The Budget Process
In a nutshell, here is the process for a budget bill to become
law in Wisconsin. At the start of each odd-numbered year, the
governor proposes a two-year budget plan. Then, the budget is
reviewed by the 16-member Joint Committee on Finance, which
first holds informational briefings with state agency heads to
discuss their budget requests, then holds several public
hearings around the state.
After the public hearings, the Committee spends several weeks
voting on each individual piece of the budget. The Committee
takes its final vote and the budget then goes to the full
Assembly and Senate. Once it passes both houses of the
legislature, the bill goes back to the governor for a signature.
The governor has partial veto authority that allows him to veto
individual pieces of the budget before signing it into law.
Wisconsin is required by statute to pass a budget. If a budget
isn't passed on time, state operations continue under the terms
of the previous budget until the new budget is passed.
You can also learn about the Joint Committee on Finance and find
your way to budget papers and other information on the
Committee on Finance page. If you are interested in all aspects
of the state's finances, you may want to check out the
non-partisan Fiscal Bureau page, which features informational
papers (descriptions of all state entities and their costs),
budget papers, and much more pertaining to how Wisconsin funds
To view the budget in brief:
To view the complete
To view the budget bills
click here: (AB
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