Hamilton Political Tidbits – 2015 State Budget Address – February 4, 2015

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 February 4, 2015


Last night Governor Scott Walker gave his third state budget address, laying out his plan for the 2015-2017 biennium (beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017). While the hard details of the budget are still to be pulled out of the 1,839-page document, The Hamilton Consulting Group has the initial details and numbers you need to follow the budget process.


To stay up-to-date during the budget process, check out our State Budget Issue Update page.


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Gov. Walker's 2015 State Budget Address

Governor Walker delivered his third state budget address yesterday to joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature. Watch Governor Walker's budget address:

Gov. Walker's State Budget Address
Gov. Walker's State Budget Address

Read the full text of the address.

Gov. Walker Releases 2015-2017 State Budget

Last night, Governor Walker introduced his 2016-2017 executive budget to the legislature. In his budget proposal, the governor recommends a $35.9 billion operating budget in fiscal year 2015-2016 and $32.3 billion budget in fiscal year 2016-2017. This includes all major funding sources (general purpose revenue - GPR, segregated revenue - SEG, federal revenue - FED, and program revenue - PR). The governor's GPR budget is $15.8 billion and $16.9 billion in fiscal year 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively. This is a .3 percent decrease in state spending for fiscal year 2015-2016 over the 2014-15 base, and a 6.7 percent increase in spending in fiscal year 2016-2017.

Read more for The Hamilton Consulting Group's breakdown of Governor Walker's budget.

Key Documents

Budget Address Text
Budget in Brief
Budget in Full
Budget Bills: Senate Bill 21 and Assembly Bill 21

Legislative Response

Democratic Legislators held a press conference following the Governor's address:

WisconsinEye: Democratic Response to Governor's Budget Address

Watch reactions to the budget address from state legislators:

WisconsinEye: Legislators React (Part 1)

WisconsinEye: Legislators React (Part 2)

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News Clips 


Wisconsin GOP Gov. Walker takes aim at college outlays, professors: The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 3, 2015.

Walker's Wisconsin budget Has a national message: The New York Times, Feb. 3, 2015.

Budget would end Wisconsin DNR land purchases until 2028: Madison.com, Feb. 3, 2015.

Gov. Walker proposes bold education budget: MacIver Institute, Feb. 3, 2015.

Walker's budget cuts property taxes, UW funding: Green Bay Press Gazette, Feb. 3, 2015.

Key topics in Gov. Walker's budget address: WMT\V, Feb. 3, 2015.

Budget freezes stewardship purchases, making DNR board advisory: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 3, 2015.

Walker's budget expands school vouchers, holds line on taxes: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 3, 2015

Highlights of Wisconsin Gov. Walker's state budget proposal: Leader-Telegram, Feb. 3, 2015.

Governor Walker unveils two-year state budget: WTMJ, Feb. 3, 2015.

Walker's budget holds property taxes, school funding flat; removes lid on voucher schools: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb 3, 2015

The Only Number That Matters in Scott Walker's Wisconsin Budget: 2016: The New Republic, Feb. 3, 2015.

Democrats slam Walker budget ahead of address: Green Bay Press Gazette, Feb. 2, 2015.

Democrats slam budget gap as self-inflicted: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 2, 2015.


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