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1st Friday, 7:30 a.m.


WRCO - 100.9 FM

3rd Monday, 9 a.m.


WRDB - 1400 AM

3rd Friday, 10 a.m.


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2015-16 Blue Books

2015-16 Blue Books are a useful summary of information about our state.  These books are printed every session and are complimentary for every resident of Wisconsin. 


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Outcomes-Based Funding: Paying For Results

Our state government frequently benefits from applying private-sector techniques to public sector operations. Too often, government systems become cumbersome, slow-moving and inefficient because they lack a reason to be efficient. They can start out focused but lose effectiveness over time. Without the urgency created by economic factors, supply-and-demand and competition, government structure can grind along, becoming more complex and less effective as it grows from year-to-year.

Each session, the legislature seeks ways to combat public sector lethargy. We look for ways to make our government operations more efficient, effective and financially responsible. We pursue ways to apply proven private-sector practices to government operations in an effort to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars while continuing to provide the services taxpayers rely on every day.

One great example of applying private-sector techniques to public-sector operations is outcomes-based funding which has been incorporated into the funding model for the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The WTCS, the Governor and the legislature designed a funding model that financially rewards technical colleges for achieving goals directly related to the mission of our technical college system.

The WTCS recently released their Graduate Outcomes report for 2015 and provided an annual Outcomes-Based Funding report to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC). These reports summarize the efforts and successes in our technical college system to measure and achieve mission-based goals in exchange for taxpayer dollars. Follow these links to view the full Graduate Outcomes report here and the Annual Outcomes-Based Funding report to the JFC.

Overall, WTCS reports a 93% job placement rate for 2015 graduates with 78% being employed in a job related to their training. For the 7% who are not employed, 86% are continuing their education. This is good news for communities in Wisconsin because 62% of technical college graduates stay in their college district after graduation and 19% move within the state of Wisconsin. This means that 81% of the people trained at a Wisconsin technical college stay and live in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s technical colleges are doing good things. In order to financially reward their efforts and tie funding to results, the 2013-15 biennial budget established a new funding model for allocating 10% of appropriated general state aid to technical colleges based on nine criteria:
1. job placement rates,
2. degrees and certificates awarded in high demand fields,
3. programs or courses with industry-validated curriculum,
4. the transition of adult basic education students to skills training,
5. the success rate of adults in basic education courses,
6. participation in dual-enrollment programs,
7. workforce training provided to businesses and individuals,
8. participation in collaboration or efficiency initiatives, and
9. training provided to special populations or demographic groups unique to the district.

The criteria were designed by the WTCS in collaboration with the Governor and legislature to create a funding model that financially rewards colleges for meeting mission-based goals and the needs of their customers – students. The criteria also help the colleges to identify areas they can develop to gain additional funding, which in turn, enables them to make an even greater impact on those they serve.

Four technical colleges serve residents of the 17th Senate District; Southwestern Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) headquartered in Fennimore, Western Technical College (WTC) headquartered in LaCrosse, Madison Area Technical College (MATC or Madison College) headquartered in Madison and Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) headquartered in Janesville. Each college has a unique identity and serves their students and communities in different ways. The outcomes at which they excel also differ, but illustrate the reasons why outcomes-based funding are effective.

Overall, WTCS campuses received $17,706,980 in Outcomes-Based Funding in 2015-16. The four campuses in the 17th Senate District received 22% of the funding with SWTC receiving $743,718 (4%), WTC receiving $893,994 (5%), MATC receiving $1,637,683 (9%) and BTC receiving $725,684 (4%). The following table illustrates each campuses funding for each area of criteria. Please note that each college chose seven out of the nine criteria for evaluation and funding.






System Total

Job Placement






High Demand Fields






Industry Validated Curriculum



$ -



Adult Basic Education Transition

$ -





Adult Basic Education Success


$ -




Dual Enrollment

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -


Workforce Training




$ -








Special Populations






Total Outcomes-Based Funding






The Outcomes-Based Funding model shows us where our colleges are focused and rewards their efforts to serve students and our communities. I am proud of the efforts of our local technical colleges to meet workforce needs and look forward to continuing our work to serve the residents of the 17th Senate District.

Wrapping Up Dairy Month


As we wrap up Dairy Month, the following quote by Paul Harvey sums it up.  Thanks to all of the hard-working farm families in the 17th Senate District and to the people who contribute to and support agriculture in our state.



In The 17th Senate District




Pat Kubly (above), the Kubly family and Colony Brands, Inc. sponsored Monroe Badger Days this week. This annual event to support UW athletics is always a highlight of my summer. 


Thanks to the generosity of the Monroe community and especially to the Kublys and Colony Brands for their school spirit, community efforts and support for our local economy.  Go Bucky!








Great fishing on Lake Michigan for Father's Day with Jeff Palmer, Mark Bohl, Derrick Bohl and my son Bill on Saturday.






I visited with the teams from Pine Valley Healthcare & Rehab and Schmitt Woodland Hills this week to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are working with as they serve the people of Richland County. We had a great, productive conversation.

Photo: Sen. Howard Marklein, Jackie Carley from Schmitt Woodland Hills and Kathy Cianci from Pine Valley.

Useful Information

Revenue Collections: May 2016 (Fiscal Year 2015-16)

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) recently released a report detailing general purpose revenue (GPR) taxes collected by the agency for the month of May.  This data is for 11 months of the fiscal year which ends on June 30, 2016.


Department of Revenue Collections

May 2016 (FY 2016)
($ thousands)


Revenue Source

FY 2015

FY 2016

% Change





Individual Income




General Sales & Use








Excise Taxes








Total GPR




*Source: Department of Revenue



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