The Supporting Parents Supporting Kids program is expanded to three additional counties in fiscal year 2018-19. This program helps noncustodial parents not meeting their child support obligations find employment and connect with their children.
An occupational licensing reform study is created. The Department of Safety and Professional Services would conduct a study to identify barriers that occupational licensing requirements create to employment. The study would examine the financial burden these licenses have on license seekers and whether these licenses are necessary to protect public health and welfare.
We allow a person to take the journeyman plumber’s examination if the individual has completed an apprenticeship in this or any state, passed a journeyman plumber’s exam in any state, and has practiced for at least five years under a journeyman’s plumber’s license or equivalent license.
We enact reforms to the Homestead Tax Credit to preserve it for seniors and the disabled while encouraging able-bodied adults to work to qualify.
A grant of $5,000,000 is provided to partner with Brown County, educational institutions, and other industry partners to create the Brown County STEM Innovation Center. This center in Green Bay will provide space for a new University of Wisconsin-Green Bay mechanical engineering program as well as space for high-tech startups. The center will not only help to fill high demand jobs in engineering, but be a place to grow our manufacturing sector.
The budget provides $55,189,000 in funding for a new engineering facility at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
A grant of $5,000,000 is provided to the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. The funding would help complete the Alzheimer’s and dementia care unit.
A grant of $5,000,000 is provided for the La Crosse Center. The funding will assist to complete renovation and expansion of the La Crosse Convention Center.
There is $2,000,000 to expand the Windows to Work program and other vocational training programs for exoffenders. Also, we provide $660,800 to extend the Opening Avenues to Reentry Success program to more counties. The program provides employment training for mentally ill offenders. These programs aim to reduce recidivism by successful reentry of offenders into employment which saves taxpayer dollars and fills job openings.
We created a five-year offender reentry demonstration project using a trauma-informed approach and targeted to formerly incarcerated males who are noncustodial parents over age 18 and returning to certain Milwaukee neighborhoods. The TANF funding would total $187,500 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $250,000 in fiscal year 2018-19, for a biennial total of $437,500.
There is funding for graduate medical training of $1,500,000. This funding is intended to increase our medical professionals available to work in high need rural and underserved areas of the state.
We provide $2,000,000 for training allied health professionals and advanced practice clinicians. This funding will provide grants to health systems to train and retain health professionals in rural hospitals and clinics.
We increase funding for the Rural Physician Residency Assistance program by $100,000 per year. This is intended to increase the number of rural residency positions in the state.
Pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution and consistent with its intent, I have made 98 vetoes to the budget. These vetoes maintain our priorities while eliminating items that could be categorized as earmarks and nonfiscal policy items. These vetoes also reduce spending, eliminate unfunded mandates, and make technical corrections. These vetoes increase the general fund balance by $16,511,100 GPR over the biennium and reduce overall spending by roughly $4,759,400 GPR. These vetoes will also improve the structural balance heading into the next budget biennium by an estimated $71,143,500 GPR.
We have enacted numerous measures together that have moved Wisconsin forward. We cut taxes by billions of dollars. We enacted historic reforms proving Wisconsin continues to be a leader in the nation. We now have surpluses instead of deficits. We have some of the lowest unemployment in the nation and more people working that ever before. Our state’s economy is growing and our wages are rising.
This budget invests in our shared priorities of education, tax relief, and workforce development. I am appreciative of the Legislature’s work on this budget and look forward to continuing our good work for the people of Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
A. Agriculture, Environment and Justice
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
1. Livestock Premises Identification
Department of Corrections
2. Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program
3. Earned Release Program Expansion
4. Inmate Work Opportunity Training
5. Long-Term Service Awards
6. Mental Health Staffing at Oshkosh, Waupun, Green Bay and Columbia
7. Opening Avenues to Reentry Success
8. Planning Concerning Correctional Facilities
9. Geriatric Prison Facility
10. Creation of a Prosecutor Board
11. Restore Judicial Council
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board
12. Standard Budget Adjustments
Department of Natural Resources
13. Use of Unobligated Stewardship Bonding Authority
14. Vacant Forestry and Parks Positions
15. Council on Forestry Report
16. Tainter Lake Water Quality
17. Wolf Damage Payments
18. Permit the Sale of Dyed Diesel Fuel to Recreational Motor Boats
Department of Safety and Professional Services
19. Possession, Use and Transportation of Fireworks and Fireworks Manufacturer Fees
20. Information Technology Projects
21. Local Regulation of Quarries
B. Education and Workforce Development
22. State Archive Preservation Facility
Labor and Industry Review Commission
23. Survey of Labor and Industry Review Commission Decisions
Technical College System Board
24. Sunset of the Educational Approval Board
25. Educational Approval Board Incumbents
University of Wisconsin System
26. Performance Funding
27. Innovation Fund
28. University of Wisconsin System Audits
29. Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology
30. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Tribal Gaming Appropriation
31. Flexible Option Program
32. Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Adjustment
33. Low Revenue Adjustment
34. School District Referenda Scheduling
35. Whole Grade Sharing Aid
36. Shared Services Aid
37. Summer School Grants
38. Virtual Charter School Funding Study
39. Mental Health Services Grants
40. Technical Education Equipment Grants
C. General Government, Children and Families
Department of Administration
41. Positions for Information Technology Purchasing Report
42. Replacement of Information Technology Contractors Report
43. State Transforming Agency Resources (STAR) Program and Benefits Realization Report
44. Self-Funded Portal Annual Report
45. Office of the Commissioner of Insurance Information Technology Position Transfers Report
46. Worker's Compensation Recording Equipment Report
47. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Leases
48. Fee Report with Agency Budget Requests
49. On-Site Delivery of Human Resources, Payroll and Benefit Functions at Select Agencies
Department of Children and Families