Agency budget requests for the 2013-15 biennial budget bill have been submitted to the Department of Administration (DOA) for review. Requests approved by the Governor will be included in his budget bill, which is expected to be introduced in January 2013.
Gov. Walker provided a specific directive that “most agencies…maintain their overall fiscal year 2013-14 and fiscal year 2014-15 GPR budgets at the fiscal year 2012-13 adjusted base levels minus the statutory and discretionary lapses.”
“Exceptions [to the zero-growth goal] will occur only for K-12 school aids; required basic cost-to-continue needs for the state’s institutions, i.e., the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health Services institutions; entitlement and related assistance programs in the Department of Health Services (e.g., Medical Assistance), the Department of Children and Families’ Division of Safety and Permanence, and the Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; and housekeeping adjustments like standard budget adjustments, fuel and utilities, and debt service.”
The directions also informed the University of Wisconsin System, the Department of Justice, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Workforce Development and the Office of State Employment Relations that they do not have to factor in the additional lapse amounts required in this cycle into their future budget plans. All other agencies that had lapse amounts must subtract that amount from their base for the 2013-15 cycle.
Table 1 and Table 2 (below) illustrate the largest GPR increases and GPR decreases among the budget requests submitted thus far.
Table 1 – GPR Increase Requests
Table 2 – GPR Decrease Requests
The Hamilton Consulting team is reviewing the details of each budget request and will have a more in-depth analysis available in the near future.