2019-21 State Budget

The WAEE Board of Directors would like to bring to your attention that the current proposed biennial budget for Wisconsin includes appropriations to support an environmental education grants program via the University of Wisconsin System budget. Details on this proposal can be found here under Item #13:

State Budget Proposal – UW System

More About the Budget Process

Currently, the draft budget, under the purview of the Joint Finance Committee, is touring the state for public input—see below for upcoming dates and locations.

Next, the Assembly and the Senate will each have an opportunity to draft amendments and the full membership of the Legislature will vote to pass each new version.

Finally, the budget is sent back to the Governor’s desk for his signature. In general, the budget is signed into law in July.

Upcoming Public Hearings

The Joint Committee on Finance will hold public hearings on the Governor’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget (Assembly Bill 56/Senate Bill 59) — according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
Oak Creek Community Center 8580 South Howell Avenue Oak Creek, WI 53154

Monday, April 15, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
University of Wisconsin – River Falls University Center – Riverview Ballroom #260 500 Wild Rose Avenue River Falls, WI 54022

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)*
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University Union – Phoenix Rooms 2430 Campus Court Green Bay, WI 54311

*The Committee will conclude taking testimony at the time specified.

Written comments can be emailed to the Committee at BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov

Or sent via U.S. mail to:
Joe Malkasian
Room 305 East, State Capitol
Madison, WI 53702

Individuals needing assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact Becky Hannah, Legislative Fiscal Bureau, One East Main Street, Suite 301, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 266-3847 • Fax (608) 267-6873 • Email: Fiscal.Bureau@legis.wisconsin.gov

How to Testify at a Hearing

Wisconsin’s Green Fire has created a few pointers for those who plan to testify. They include the following:

  • Hearings start at 10:00 a.m. but you should plan to get there and register as early as 8:00 a.m. if you wish to testify.
  • Come prepared to spend most of your day at the hearing. You will only have 2 minutes to testify which will allow you to cover 1-2 topics at best. There will likely be no questions from legislators.  
  • If you want to bring printed testimony, bring 20 hard copies with your full contact information on it for the committee members – committee clerks will distribute your testimony.