Friday, December 5, 2008
Ninety-Eighth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Reference Bureau
December 5 , 2008
To the Honorable, the Legislature:
The following rules have been published in the November 30, 2008 Wisconsin Administrative Register No. 635:
Clearinghouse Rules   Effective Date(s)
07-029     12-1-2008
07-036     12-1-2008
07-094     12-1-2008
07-107   (part)   12-1-2008
  (part)   7-1-2009
07-110     12-1-2008
07-116     12-1-2008
08-010   (part)   12-1-2008
  (part)   4-1-2009
08-018     12-1-2008
08-021     12-1-2008
08-024     12-1-2008
08-028     12-1-2008
08-039     12-1-2008
08-042     12-1-2008
08-049     12-1-2008
08-051     12-1-2008
08-058     12-1-2008
08-059     12-1-2008
08-072     12-1-2008
Senior Legislative Attorney/Code Editor
State of Wisconsin
Regional Transit Authority
November 15, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Over the last 26 months, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority has diligently researched and analyzed transit needs and challenges in this region and discussed potential solutions to meet the transit needs of our residents, encourage economic development and make southeastern Wisconsin an attractive place to work, live and recreate.
On behalf of my fellow RTA commissioners, I'm pleased to tell you that we've made significant progress in working together as a region and have found that we are all ultimately striving for the same goal: a more vibrant, prosperous southeastern Wisconsin region. We believe the RTA's consensus on this report is an important indication that regionalism is taking hold, and that we are making decisions with the best interest of the region and state in mind.
We present to you today recommendations for dedicated funding, governance and operations of transit that we feel will lead to a more efficient, effective regional transit system that will progress beyond municipal boundaries and focus on connecting people to jobs and education within the region.
Based upon our community, business and labor outreach, public polling, and individual meetings with transit experts throughout the region, we firmly believe that transit is a top priority for southeastern Wisconsin. These constituencies support a dedicated funding source for transit for different reasons - access to jobs, economic development potential, its ability to attract and retain workers, improved access to education institutions and cultural amenities and we've listened to their feedback. We agree that transit is critically important to the economic health and vitality of this region, and that a dedicated sales tax is the only viable funding mechanism to preserve our current transit systems and implement new intercounty options. We respectfully ask for your support of our recommendations for all the same reasons.
Thank you for the opportunity to study transit and present you with our recommendations for ensuring the health and vibrancy of a regional transit system. We look forward to working with local governments and the current Legislative Council Committee to ensure that solving our transit challenges is a top priority in the region and we encourage you to join us in accomplishing this goal.
Karl j. ostby
State of Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources
November 17, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Pursuant to 20.0916(6), Wis. Stats., the Department of Natural Resources submits this Report to the Wisconsin Legislature: Properties Purchased with Funds from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program on which one or More Nature-Based Outdoor Activities Is Prohibited.
S907 This report covers the period October 27, 2007 (effective date of 2007-2009 Biennial Budget), through June 30, 2008. This is the first time submission of this report is required by Statues.
Additional copies of this report may be obtained from the DNR by calling 608-266-5782 or may be obtained from the DNR website at:
Mathew j. frank
Referred to joint committee on Finance.
Referred to committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
November 20, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
As required by s. 13.94(1)(em), Wis. Stats., we have completed a program evaluation of the Wisconsin Lottery, which is administered by the Department of Revenue. Although annual sales have fluctuated, they increased from a total of $482.9 million in fiscal year (FY) 2003-04 to $494.7 million in FY 2007-08, or by 2.4 percent over the past five years. Net lottery proceeds provided $146.5 million in property tax relief in FY 2007-08.
In FY 2005-06, the Wisconsin Lottery implemented an evaluation tool to assist in the development and management of instant games. We include a recommendation for the Wisconsin Lottery to include product information costs, which include spending to publicize individual games, in the evaluation tool and to require its contractor to regularly report on product information expenditures associated with specific games.
Between FY 2003-04 and FY 2007-08, the Wisconsin Lottery paid one contractor $25.2 million for product information services and another contractor $61.1 million for operations services such as computerized gaming system services. Formal annual performance evaluations are required under both contracts. While the Wisconsin Lottery meets regularly with its product information contractor to provide verbal feedback, it has not completed formal annual evaluations, as it does with its operations contractor. We include a recommendation for the Wisconsin Lottery to evaluate its product information contractor annually.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by Wisconsin Lottery staff in the Department of Revenue. The Department's response follows the appendices.
janice mueller
State Auditor
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
November 25, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
At the request of the departments of Commerce and Administration, and in accordance with s. 13.94(1s), Wis. Stats., we have completed a financial audit of the State of Wisconsin Petroleum Inspection Fee Revenue Obligations Program for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2007. We express our unqualified audit opinion on the Statement of Changes in Program Assets and related notes.
Under the program, the State has issued revenue obligations, such as bonds and commercial paper, to provide financing for payment of claims under the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program. These revenue obligations are not general obligation debt of the State. Instead, they are to be repaid primarily from the $0.02 per gallon fee charged to suppliers of petroleum products sold in Wisconsin, which is collected by the Department of Revenue.
During fiscal year (FY) 2007-08, the State collected $76.6 million in petroleum inspection fees and made $30.4 million in scheduled debt service payments, including $20.3 million in principal repayment and $10.1 million in interest. As of June 30, 2008, a total of $252.3 million in revenue obligations remained outstanding, to be repaid from future petroleum inspection fees.
Petroleum inspection fees in excess of debt service requirements are deposited to the Petroleum Inspection Fund and are used to pay PECFA claims and for other purposes authorized by the Legislature, including the early redemption of petroleum inspection fee revenue obligations. During FY 2007-08, $47.0 million in inspection fees was deposited to the Petroleum Inspection Fund while $16.8 million in PECFA claims was paid from the Fund. The remaining $30.2 million was used for a variety of purposes, including a $20.3 million transfer authorized by the Legislature to the Transportation Fund, as well as $1.0 million in transfers to the General Fund to help meet lapse requirements included in 2007 Wis. Acts 20 and 226.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us during our audit by staff of the departments of Commerce, Administration, and Revenue.
janice mueller