• Provides one-time funding from the veterans trust fund to the Wisconsin Technical College System Board to create a veteran grant jobs pilot program. Requires the board to create a competitive grant process to distribute grants to districts that request funding for veterans services and identify matching funds.
• Creates an appropriation under the Higher Educational Aids Board for payments to tribal colleges equal to the amount per student the tribal college has received or expects to receive from the Bureau of Indian Education in the federal Department of the Interior based on the number of Native American students who were enrolled in the previous academic year and the number of full-time equivalent Wisconsin resident students who were enrolled in the college in the previous academic year for whom the college will not receive Bureau of Indian Education funds.
• Provides an appropriation during the biennium for payments to towns, cities or villages that provide municipal services to state veterans homes and authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to transfer unappropriated balances from other PR appropriations in state veterans homes to the appropriation.
Improving Mental Health Programs
• Redesigns the state's juvenile community supervision to provide services based on a juvenile's individual risk and needs.
• Expands existing drug addiction programming in the Department of Corrections by creating a voluntary pilot program for eligible offenders with an opioid addiction- related conviction. Provides $836,700 GPR in each year for the program.
• Increases access to mental health care for our rural residents by providing resources to such services remotely.
• Provides financial assistance to counties to establish robust crisis services programs, pairing law enforcement with mental health professionals to create a best practice model.
• Improves response to mental health crises by requiring counties to provide community-based crisis assessment by a mental health professional prior to an emergency detention, while maintaining Milwaukee County's 24-hour rule for emergency detention.
• Extends the sunset date for the Milwaukee County emergency detention pilot program from May 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.
Protecting Wisconsin's Citizens
• Improves access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women without insurance by increasing funding for the Wisconsin Well Women Program.
• Increases services for individuals with HIV or AIDS by increasing funding for Mike Johnson life care and early intervention services grants, which provides funding to AIDS service organizations.
• Provides an additional $5 million for domestic abuse grant funding.
• Provides $1 million over the biennium to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation for legal services to low-income families for cases related to domestic abuse, sexual abuse, restraining orders and injunctions for at-risk individuals.
• Provides $2 million for residential and/or community-based services for child victims of sex trafficking.
• Increases Sexual Assault Victims Services to $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016-17.
• Provides $421,300 annually for additional global positioning system offender tracking for individuals convicted of serious child offenses and those who violate domestic abuse or harassment temporary restraining orders.
• Enhances services to abused and neglected children by providing $160,000 over the biennium to the Wisconsin Court Appointed Special Advocates.
• Permits county boards to impose a $20 surcharge on felony or misdemeanor convictions, and creates crime prevention funding boards to distribute such revenues to nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to prevent crime.
In exercising my constitutional authority, I have made 104 vetoes to the budget. These vetoes will reduce overall spending, constrain earmarks, allow the executive branch to efficiently perform its statutory duties, and correct legislative errata. These vetoes increase the general fund balance by $44,495,400 GPR over the biennium.
I commend the Legislature for delivering on our collective priorities: six consecutive years of property tax relief, four consecutive years of University of Wisconsin System tuition freezes, continued workforce development, compassionate entitlement reform, educational reform based on parental options, responsible infrastructure management and enhanced government efficiencies. These achievements demonstrate our commitment to preserving the freedom of our citizens, expanding opportunities to achieve the American dream, and meeting the competitive challenges of a globalized economy while overcoming the failed leadership of our federal government.
Table of Contents
1. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Funding to the Joint Committee on Finance Supplemental Appropriation
2. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Grants to Various Organizations
3. Definition of Bona Fide Angel Investments
4. Conduit Revenue Bonds
B. TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
5. Statewide Assessment System
6. Participation in Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
7. Read to Lead Fund Deletion
8. Independent Financial Audits for Parental Choice Program
9. Appointment of Director of Office of Educational Opportunity
10. Director of Office of Educational Opportunity Salary
11. Custodian of Records for Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program
12. Contract for Study of Special Needs Scholarship Program
13. Special Needs Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements
14. Virtual Marketplace for Digital Educational Resources
15. Performance Funding Formula
16. Performance Funding Report
17. Allocable Student Fees
18. Annual Financial Audit
19. Energy Conservation Master Lease Program
20. Investment in Certain Funds
21. Gift and Grant Funded Building Projects
22. Department of Administration Assessment for Program Revenue Funded Building Projects
23. Student Identification Numbers
25. Aquaculture Specialist
26. Minority Teacher Loan Program Eligibility
28. Academic Staff Appointments
29. Conservation Fund Appropriations
30. Group Insurance Board Appointments
31. Review of Annual Proposed Changes to the State Group Health Insurance Program
32. Agency Budget Requests
33. Statutory Reserve and Budget Stabilization Fund
34. Utilization of the Department of Administration Procurement and Purchasing Services
35. Pay-for-Performance Contracting Requirements
36. Local Zoning Exception
37. Building Commission Contracting Requirements
38. Health Insurance for Protective Services Employees
39. Information Technology Services for Certain Agencies and Shared Agency Services Pilot Program
40. Energy Efficient Building Designer Tax Deduction Certification
41. Time Allocation for Workers’ Compensation
42. Duties of the Secretary of State
43. Alternative Telecommunications Utilities
44. Intervenor Compensation
45. Extension of Municipal Water or Sewer Service Appeals Process
46. Universal Service Fund Revenues Report
47. State Agency Lease Requirements
48. Tourism Marketing – Earmark Study
49. Surplus for Rate-Based and Rate-Regulated Providers
50. Ambulatory Surgical Centers Reporting
51. Transfer of Regulation of Food, Lodging and Recreational Establishments
52. Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist Fees
53. Progressive Raffles
54. Joint Committee on Finance Approval of Tax Reciprocity Agreements
55. Sales Tax Exemption for Amusement Device Proceeds
56. Cigarette Tax Manufacturer’s Discount