2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
February 3, 2015 - Introduced by
Joint Committee on Finance, by request of
Governor Scott Walker. Referred to Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the
2executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is the "executive budget bill" under section 16.47 (1) of the statutes.
It contains the governor's recommendations for appropriations for the 2015-2017
The bill repeals and recreates the appropriation schedule in chapter 20 of the
statutes, thereby setting the appropriation levels for the 2015-2017 fiscal biennium.
The descriptions that follow relate to the most significant changes in the law that are
proposed in the bill. In most cases, changes in the amounts of existing spending
authority and changes in the amounts of bonding authority under existing bonding
programs are not discussed.
For additional information concerning this bill, see the Department of
Administration's publication Budget in Brief and the executive budget books, the
Legislative Fiscal Bureau's summary document, and the Legislative Reference
Bureau's drafting files, which contain separate drafts on each policy item. In most
cases, the policy item drafts contain a more detailed analysis than is printed with this
Guide to the bill
As is the case for all other bills, the sections of the budget bill that affect statutes
are organized in ascending numerical order of the statutes affected.
Treatments of prior session laws (styled "laws of [year], chapter ...." from 1848
to 1981, and "[year] Wisconsin Act ...." beginning with 1983) are displayed next by
year of original enactment and by act number.
The remaining sections of the budget bill are organized by type of provision and,
within each type, alphabetically by state agency. The first two digits of the four-digit
section number indicate the type of provision:
91XX Nonstatutory provisions.
92XX Fiscal changes.
93XX Initial applicability.
94XX Effective dates.
The remaining two digits indicate the state agency or subject area to which the
XX02 Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
XX03 Arts Board.
XX04 Building Commission.
XX05 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.
XX06 Children and Families.
XX07 Circuit Courts.
XX09 Court of Appeals.
XX10 District Attorneys.
XX11 Educational Communications Board.
XX12 Employee Trust Funds.
XX13 Employment Relations Commission.
XX14 Financial Institutions.
XX15 Government Accountability Board.
XX17 Health and Educational Facilities Authority.
XX18 Health Services.
XX19 Higher Educational Aids Board.
XX20 Historical Society.
XX21 Housing and Economic Development Authority.
XX23 Investment Board.
XX24 Joint Committee on Finance.
XX25 Judicial Commission.
XX28 Lieutenant Governor.