Friday, November 30, 2012
Governor Walker: Memo to Alberta Darling and John Nygren (Wisconsin 2013-15 Biennial Budget)
Governor hears ideas from La Crosse foundry workers. (La Crosse Tribune, 11/30/2012)
Here's the step of the state budget process to which Walker is referring. (Graphic from the Wisconsin Budget Project.)
The Joint Committee on Finance -- the names are changing, of course -- held 4 hearing in 2011: Stevens Point (April 7), Minong (Washburn County, April 8), West Allis (April 11), Arcadia (Trempealeau County, April 13).
According to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, (Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight/The Week of November 26, 2012), on Tuesday, November 20, the Department of Administration (DOA) submitted the state agency requests and revenue estimates for the 2013-15 state budget to the Governor's office.
Governor Walker is likely to introduce his budget for the 2013-15 biennium sometime after WLA/WEMTA's annual Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
In 2011, Walker introduced a budget repair bill on February 11 and his 2011-13 biennial budget on March 1.
The 2011 budget repair bill was a one-time fix to, as Walker announced, balance the budget and lay the foundation for a long-term sustainable budget. Based on his subsequent statements, I think it's safe to assume to the Governor feels the necessary repairs have been made. Expect only one budget introduction in 2013.
Governor Walker discusses his top 5 budget priorities.
"Transforming Education" gets the biggest chunk of time: 1:54 to 3:04 (of a 3:43 video).