Wisconsin Legislative Timeline
2013-15 State Budget
Governor Walker will unveil his 2013-15 state budget on February 20 at 7 p.m. during a
joint session of the legislature.
State agencies submitted budget requests to the State Budget Office on September
17. The Governor can choose whether or not to include state agency proposals in his
After its introduction on February 20, the budget bill will be referred to the Joint
Committee on Finance, which will hear testimony from state agency heads on the
budget proposals and then hold public hearings around the state. The Joint Committee
on Finance will then vote on the proposals within the budget, making any changes they
find necessary, and send the bill to both houses of the legislature for their approval.
The budget bill should be signed into law by June 30, the last day of the state fiscal
Governor Walker’s 2013-14 Priorities
Governor Walker, who faces re-election in 2014, says his top priorities are: creating
jobs, transforming education, developing our workforce, creating infrastructure and
Educational initiatives that Governor Walker would like to see during the 2013-14
session include: freezing or capping UW tuition, tying education funding to performance,
ending the Milwaukee Public School residency requirement and expanding the school
Infinite Campus Awarded SSIS Contract
The Department of Administration announced it will be issuing a Notice of Intent to
Award letter for the Statewide Student Information System (SSIS) the Minnesota-based
company Infinite Campus, Inc. With a notice of intent completed DOA can now enter
into negotiations with Infinite Campus for the company to establish and maintain DPI’s
student information system.
However, a Wisconsin company, Skyward, plans to appeal the decision due to flaws in
the evaluation process, which the company claims favored Infinite Campus.
Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School
The Joint Legislative Council voted unanimously to introduce the four bills drafted
by the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School in
Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) summarized the committee’s findings and proposed
legislation to Joint Legislative Council.
The Special Committee previously sent a letter to Joint Legislative Council asking that
they form a committee to study the 20 education standards during the 2014 interim.
Group Asks Governor to Audit USF-funded Programs
The Wisconsin CALLS coalition is asking Governor Walker to include in his 2013-15
state budget a requirement that all programs funded by the Universal Service Fund
receive audits. Wisconsin CALLS says it’s concerned that so many USF dollars are
redirected to non-Public Service Commission programs.
In a letter to the Governor, Wisconsin CALLS identifies BadgerLink, BadgerNet and aid
to public libraries as non-PSC programs that should be audited.
“These programs should be evaluated to determine if their funding would be better
used to ensure that broadband services are deployed throughout Wisconsin, whether
they are run efficiently, and whether these programs should be funded through fees on
phone bills,” states the group in their letter.
Current State Superintendent Tony Evers faces a challenge from State Representative
Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) in this year’s spring election.
A primary will be held February 19 in the State Supreme Court Race after two
candidates, Marquette Law Professor Edward Fallone and lawyer Vince Megna,
submitted enough signatures to challenge incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack.
The general election will be held April 2.
2013-14 Legislative Committees of Interest
Assembly Colleges and Universities
Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), Chair
Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville), Vice-Chair
Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson)
Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Racine)
Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa)
Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh)
Rep. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland)
Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse)
Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton)
Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire)
Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison)
Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Chair
Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), Vice-Chair
Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills)
Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)
Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac)
Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine)
Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville)
Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee)
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma)
WEMTA Public Policy Advisor