Theobald, H. Rupert; Robbins, Patricia V. (ed.) / The state of Wisconsin 1977 blue book
Theobald, Rupert H.; Robbins, Patricia V.
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Xi Vl } tae ofjPflo jf in CHIE TA LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU s k STATE CAPITOL MADISON, WIS. 53702 ILE AR DRAFTNG. 2660356 REFERENCE LB ARY.2604 INTRODUCTION Each time a Wisconsin Blue Book is published, the editors' audible sigh of relief soon gives way to the worry: how can the next edition be made as good as, or better than, the present one? Whether the new 73rd edition achieves this aim must be judged by the reader, but the editors feel that the help of dedicated contributors in all state agencies has again made the current edition a worthy member of the Blue Book series. On January 14, 1853, the Assembly of the Wisconsin Legislature created the Wisconsin Blue Book when it adopted an unnumbered resolution providing for the printing of "750 copies of the rules of this house ... together with such statistical data as ... will be useful to the assembly"... Today's Blue Book no longer contains the rules of the Legislature, but the collection of useful statistical data has grown to 214 pages of general information from "agriculture" to "transportation", plus 93 pages of election statistics. In addition, the present Blue Book, for the first time, supplements each statistics topic with a summary narrative. The 1977 Wisconsin Blue Book is a comprehensive reference source on Wisconsin and its government. For each agency, it provides the reader not only with an organization chart, a brief history and the agency's functions, but also shows the name, title, address and telephone number for all management personnel from the secretary or commissioner at the head of the agency, to the administrator of each division and the director of every bureau. Following the example of Wisconsin's "program budget" initiated a decade before the concept became popular at the national level the agencies are presented alphabetically within broad functional areas: legislature, governor and lieutenant governor, commerce, education, environmental resources, human relations and resources, general executive branch functions, state authorities, temporary, regional and interstate agencies, and judiciary. However, for the reader who needs additional finding help there is a detailed alphabetical index at the end of the book listing every elected official, every agency, every function, every table of statistical information, etc., and highlighting the main page for each entry by bold face type. The feature article of the Blue Book's 1977 edition deals with Wisconsin Writers. It begins on page 95. The article, by Dr. John 0. Stark, an instructor with University of Wisconsin Extension, is more than a literary review. The writers discussed were selected because of their involvement in the life of Wisconsin during their respective lifetimes, and the insight into "Wisconsin then" which their writings give to the reader of today. The cover of the present Blue Book shows the Senate and Assembly Chambers in the Wisconsin State Capitol, one of the most beautiful statehouses in the Nation. We are indebted to the artistry of Matthew J. Joyce, Senate Democratic Caucus Media Coordinator, for patiently exposing roll after roll of film until he managed to create just the right composition for our cover illustrations.
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