Statute interpreted: s. 44.565
Current rules that govern the distribution of arts initiative funding under the incentive program for large arts organizations provide that each eligible recipient receives a “raw award" one dollar for each four dollars of growth in eligible income during the previous fiscal year. If there is insufficient funding, the final awards are determined by proration. When proration is employed to determine the distribution of funding, the total funding available is divided by the total of all “raw awards". Each eligible recipient receives that fractional amount of its “raw award".
During each year of the program proration has been required for distribution of the funds. In the most current distribution, one organization received $203,846 (approximately 35%) of the $573,860 funding available. The smallest award during that same distribution was $14.
The proposed rule establishes maximum and minimum grant amounts for the incentive program when proration is required to be employed to determine the distribution. The maximum proposed by the rule is 12% of the available funding, and the minimum is the greater of $1,000 or 0.1743% of the available funding.
The proposed rule will produce a more equitable distribution of the arts challenge initiative funding and eliminate the situation where the administrative cost of providing a grant substantially exceeds the grant amount.
Text of Rule
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Arts Board by s. 44.565 (4), Stats., and interpreting s. 44.565, Stats., the Board hereby creates rules as follows:
SECTION 1. AB 2.09 (5) is amended to read:
AB 2.09 (5) When the total amount of raw awards exceeds the total amount of available board funds, final awards shall be determined by proration as specified in s. 44.565 (3), Stats. When proration is required under this subsection, the maximum award shall not exceed 12% of available board funds, and the minimum award shall not be less than the greater of $1,000 or .1743% of available board funds.
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to s. 227.14, Stats., the proposed rule will have minimal impact on small businesses. The initial regulatory flexibility analysis as required by s. 227.17 (3) (f), Stats., is as follows:
1) Type of small business affected by the rule: None
2) The proposed reporting, bookkeeping and other procedures required for compliance with the rule: None
3) The types of professional skills necessary for compliance with the rule: None.
Fiscal Estimate
The proposed rule has no fiscal effect.
Contact Information
For additional information about or for copies of the proposed rules contact:
Dennis Fay, General Counsel
Telephone (608)266-6747
Wis. Dept. of Tourism
P.O. Box 7976
Madison, WI 53707-7976
Notice of Hearing
Employe Trust Funds
The Wisconsin Department of Employe Trust Funds will hold a public hearing to review this proposed rule, which renumbers s. ETF 10.60 (2) and (3), and creates s. ETF 10.60 (2), Wis. Adm. Code, relating to electronic reporting for the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) in accordance with the provisions of s. 227.16 (1), Stats.
Hearing Information
The public hearing will be held:
May 1, 2000   Room 2B
Monday   801 West Badger Rd.
at 9:00 a.m.   Madison, WI
Written Comments
The public record on this proposed rule-making will be held open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2000 to permit the submission of written comments from persons unable to attend the public hearing in person, or who wish to supplement testimony offered at the hearing. Any such written comments should be addressed to Mary Hensen, Department of Employe Trust Funds, 801 West Badger Road, P.O. Box 7931, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7931.
Analysis Prepared by the Wis. Dept. of Employe Trust Funds
Statutory authority for rule: s. 40.03 (1) (m) and (2) (i)
Currently, s. ETF 10.60 (2) states “The secretary may, for specified employers or types of coverage, provide for summary reporting on a monthly basis to accompany the monthly remittance required in sub. (1) (b), and detailed reporting on a quarterly, semiannual, or annual basis."
The above rule does not spell out the manner in which employers should report their annual employe detail to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Currently, many large employers participating in the WRS continue to report annual detail transactions on paper. This is an inefficient use of time and due to keying errors, can result in participant account errors, which must be corrected at a later date.
This requirement for electronic reporting is similar to that of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which requires employers having more than 250 employes to report earnings information on an electronic basis.
General summary of rule.
The rule requires employers with 250 or more employes to submit WRS detailed annual earnings reports electronically.
Text of Rule
SECTION 1. Section ETF 10.60 (2) is created to read:
ETF 10.60 (2) Every employer which employs 250 or more employes shall submit the detailed annual earnings report required in the administration of subch. II of ch. 40, Stats., in an electronic format designated by the department.
SECTION 2. Section ETF 10.60 (2) is renumbered to s. ETF 10.60 (3).
SECTION 3. Section ETF 10.60 (3) is renumbered to s. ETF 10.60 (4).
Fiscal Estimate
The Department estimates that there will be no direct fiscal impact from this proposed rule upon the state or sewerage districts. The Department anticipates some effect upon the fiscal liabilities or revenues of certain counties, cities, villages, towns, school districts, vocational, technical and adult education school districts. The Department is aware that there are between 35 and 40 employers out of 241 employers with 250 or more employes that may possibly have a fiscal impact as a result of this rule.
Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
The Department anticipates that the provisions of this proposed rule will have no direct adverse effect on small businesses.
Copies of Rule and Contact Information
Copies of this rule are available without cost by making a request to the Department of Employe Trust Funds, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 7931, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7931, telephone (608) 267-2929. For questions about this proposed rule, please call Mary Hensen, Program & Policy Analyst, (608) 266-8411.
Notice of Hearings
Health & Family Services
(Management & Technology,
Strategic Finance, Chs. HFS 1-)
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to ss. 46.286 (4) to (7), 46.288 (1) to (3), 50.02 (2) (d) and 50.36 (2) (c), Stats., as created by 1999 Wis. Act 9, and ss. 227.11 (2) (a) and 227.24 (4), Stats., the Department of Health and Family Services will hold public hearings to consider the amendment of ss. HFS 68.04 (1) and 105.47 (1), and the creation of ch. HFS 10, ss. HFS 82.06 (2m), 83.06 (7), 88.06 (1) (a) 4. and (4), 89.29 (1m), 89.295, 105.47 (3), 107.28 (1) (c), 124.255, 132.52 (7), and 134.52 (5), relating to the Family Care benefit for long-term care, and emergency rules published on February 1, 2000 on the same subject.
Hearing Information
April 25, 2000   Jackson Co. Dept. of Health
Tuesday   and Human Services
1:00 p.m.   420 Highway 54 West
  Black River Falls, WI
April 27, 2000   Liberty Hall
Thursday   800 Eisenhower Drive
10:00 a.m.   Kimberly, WI
May 2, 2000   Washington park Senior Center
Tuesday   4420 W. Vliet Street
10:00 a.m.   Milwaukee, WI
May 4, 2000   The Pointe
Thursday   8269 S. Highway 51
1:00 p.m.   Minocqua, WI
May 8, 2000   WI Dept. of Health & Family
Monday   Service Bldg., Room 751
10:00 a.m.   1 W. Wilson Street
  Madison, WI
The hearing sites are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Analysis Prepared by the Department of Health and Family Services
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