Wisconsin’s Budget Process

The latest brief from the Legislative Reference Bureau, Executive Budget Bills Enacted by the Wisconsin Legislature, 1931-2011, is an interesting look at the evolution and current status of Wisconsin’s state budget process.

The detailed look at how each biennial budget is developed explains that the process has already started for agencies even though a budget bill will not be introduced until January 2013.

The LRB brief concludes with a table containing “budget legislation passed by the 1931 through 2011 Legislatures. In that period, Wisconsin has completed 41 biennial budget cycles, encompassing a total of 49 biennial budget bills (including companion bills) and three biennial transportation budget bills.”