Everything You Wanted to Know About the Budget Process (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Governor Walker was originally scheduled to unveil his biennial budget tonight (2/22), but it has been delayed as the controversial “budget repair bill” remains stalled at this time. He will, however, be addressing the people of Wisconsin tonight to discuss budget matters, though the actual introduction of his budget proposal is now slated for March 1. In any event, this is the perfect time to brush up on how the Wisconsin budget process works.
The Wisconsin Budget Project has developed two resources to help de-mystify the budget process.
1) If you like your descriptions of budget process set to music – and really, who doesn’t? – then you should check out our short video featuring Budget Bob. He provides an easy-to-understand account of the budget process, some of which is delivered in song. Now, if he can just think of something to rhyme with Joint Finance…
While you’re at it, check out the other two Budget Bob videos – one about how the state government spends money, and the other about how Wisconsin compares to other states in taxes and spending.
2) Budget beginners should also check out the Wisconsin Budget Project’s Budget Basics Guide. This guide takes a user-friendly approach to explaining where the state gets its money, how we spend it, and how the budget is developed. The Budget Basics Guide includes more up-to-date figures than some of the Budget Bob videos.
If you’re not already familiar with the state’s budget process, these resources can help you understand what will happen in the period between the budget’s introduction and its finalization.