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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 22, 2012 - Introduced by Senators Lassa, Vinehout and S. Coggs,
cosponsored by Representative Berceau. Referred to Joint Committee on
Finance.
SB503,1,5 1An Act to amend 16.47 (1); and to create 13.39 and 16.467 of the statutes;
2relating to: preparing the executive budget bill or bills according to generally
3accepted accounting principles; prohibiting the executive budget bill or bills
4from increasing the state's budget deficit; and requiring legislation to reduce
5the state's budget deficit.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Administration (DOA) is required to
submit, as part of the biennial budget report, a comparison of the state's budgetary
surplus or deficit according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as
reported in any audited financial report prepared by DOA for the most recent fiscal
year, and the estimated change in the surplus or deficit based on recommendations
in the biennial budget bill or bills. GAAP are those principles for state and local
governments adopted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Organized in 1984, GASB is an independent organization founded to establish
standards of financial accounting and reporting for state and local governmental
entities. Its standards generally guide the preparation of external financial reports
of those entities.
This bill provides that, for the fiscal biennium occurring after the fiscal year in
which DOA determines that the state does not have a budget deficit according to
GAAP, and each fiscal biennium thereafter, the biennial budget bill or bills must be
prepared according to GAAP. In addition, the bill provides that no executive budget

bill or bills may increase the state's budget deficit, if any, according to GAAP, as
reported in any audited financial report prepared by DOA.
Finally, under the bill, beginning on July 1, 2013, if there is in any fiscal year
a state budget deficit according to GAAP, as reported in any audited financial report
prepared by DOA, each house of the legislature must pass legislation to reduce the
budget deficit by the lesser of $100,000,000 or the entire amount of the deficit.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB503, s. 1 1Section 1. 13.39 of the statutes is created to read:
SB503,2,6 213.39 Legislation to reduce state budget deficit. Beginning on July 1,
32013, if there is in any fiscal year a state budget deficit according to generally
4accepted accounting principles, as reported in any audited financial report prepared
5by the department of administration, the legislature shall pass legislation to reduce
6the budget deficit by the lesser of $100,000,000 or the entire amount of the deficit.
SB503, s. 2 7Section 2. 16.467 of the statutes is created to read:
SB503,2,15 816.467 Preparation of biennial budget bill or bills according to
9generally accepted accounting principles.
For the fiscal biennium that occurs
10after the fiscal year in which the department determines, in any audited financial
11report prepared by the department, that the state does not have a budget deficit
12according to generally accepted accounting principles, as adopted by the
13governmental accounting standards board or its successor bodies, and each fiscal
14biennium thereafter, the biennial budget bill or bills shall be prepared according to
15generally accepted accounting principles.
SB503, s. 3 16Section 3. 16.47 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB503,3,817 16.47 (1) Except as provided in s. 16.529 (2), the executive budget bill or bills
18shall incorporate the governor's recommendations for appropriations for the

1succeeding biennium. The appropriation method shown in the bill or bills shall in
2no way affect the amount of detail or manner of presentation which may be requested
3by the joint committee on finance. Appropriation requests may be divided into 3
4allotments: personal services, other operating expenses and capital outlay or such
5other meaningful classifications as may be approved by the joint committee on
6finance. No executive budget bill or bills may increase the state's budget deficit, if
7any, according to generally accepted accounting principles, as reported in any
8audited financial report prepared by the department.
SB503,3,99 (End)
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