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Budget Process Begins
The chart above shows estimated general fund revenues during the current 2019-21 state budget.  Total revenues were estimated at $37 billion.
This week executive state agencies submitted their two year budget requests to the Governor and the Legislature.  The submissions help kick-off the 2021-23 budget process.

Some of the noteworthy requests include the following:
  • Dept. of Health Services:  $1.1 billion in new state funding for Medicaid, largely due to projected growth in enrollment.
  • University of Wisconsin System:  New authority to borrow $500 million to $1 billion to help improve cash on hand and mitigate revenue losses due to the pandemic.
  • State Prosecutors Office:  Funding for new assistant district attorneys in multiple counties, including Calumet, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan Counties.  Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties received funding for new prosecutors in the last budget, but this funding was reduced due to a veto by Governor Evers.
Next, these agency requests will be analyzed in a public report by the administration that will be available in November.  The Governor’s 2021-23 budget recommendation is due to the Legislature by the last Tuesday in January.
2021-23 Biennial Budget Requests
Unemployment Rate Falls Again
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.1% in July to 6.2% in August.  The August jobless rate is less than half of the state’s April rate (13.6%) during the “Stay at Home” order.  Last month, Wisconsin added another 16,700 private-sector jobs.

Among our neighbors, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 2nd only to Iowa.  The state is 2.2% below the federal rate.
WI's Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2%
Masters Gallery Foods Recognized
On Wednesday Masters Gallery Foods, based out of Plymouth and Oostburg, received the Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s Award for Business Retention and Expansion.  This award honors innovative economic development projects critical to the economic vitality of the community.
26,000 Voters Update Registration Online
At its last meeting, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) announced that in only one week 26,044 voters updated their registration information online.  There were only 28,859 online voter registrations during all of 2017.

Wisconsin citizens can register to vote online at myvote.wi.gov until October 14.
 
Also during the meeting, WEC unanimously approved its annual fraud report.  The document noted 19 instances of voter fraud, including 7 instances of suspected double-voting.  The report only includes instances in which a local clerk identified a violation, reported it to WEC, and then referred it the local district attorney.
WEC Meeting Materials
Have a great weekend,
 
September 18, 2020
 
In This Edition
  • Budget Process Begins
  • Unemployment Rate Falls Again
  • Masters Gallery
  • Online Voter Registration
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