Hamilton Political Tidbits – 2015 State Budget Address – February 4, 2015
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Compiled by The Hamilton Consulting Group
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.
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.
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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