Barish, Lawrence S. (ed.) / State of Wisconsin 1995-1996 Blue Book
Barish, Lawrence S.
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Saeof Wi con tsn LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU 100 NORTH HAMILTON STREET P. 0. BOX 2037 AMY. PETER J. DYKMAN K,'A "1.qt')m VV\ll 7f -0 f "# At.I..........-. iVMl/- 1 ./lU1,4l/llVVl I D.i /U I --eu31IACTIING CUHIEF. INTRODUCTION A perennial challenge for the Legislative Reference Bureau staff in compiling each edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book is to ensure that the 1,000 pages of information it contains are as accurate and up-to-date as possible. The process starts with carefully checking and rechecking informa- tional sources. Throughout the editing phase, many persons proofread the material to be sure it is both correct and readable. Our ultimate goal is total accuracy. Although publications of this complexity seldom achieve that goal, the responses of our readers over the years indicate the book comes very close to it. We recognize the role the Blue Book serves as the official source of in- formation on state government and approach each edition with that responsibility in mind. For this edition of the Blue Book, our ability to produce a more current book was greatly en- hanced through the use of the Legislature's TEXT 2000 computer system. The 1995-1996 Blue Book is the first to be prepared almost entirely "in-house" by the LRB staff without relying on outside support for formatting and composition. Thus, we were able to incorporate last minute changes into the text that previously would have been inserted into an addendum, if they were included at all. Despite these efforts, the 3-month period required to print, ship and distribute the final product virtually guarantees that a number of changes will have occurred by the time the reader receives the book. For example, as we send the book to the printer in mid-July 1995, the Legislature has just passed the 1995-1997 budget bill, which makes significant changes in the structure of state government. However, because there are still opportunities for the governor to review and possibly veto portions of the bill, followed by legislative review of any vetoes, the changes for the biennium will not be finalized until well after our production deadline. Nonetheless, the vast majority of information in the Blue Book is accurate, and it remains the single most comprehensive source of information about the organization of Wisconsin state government. However, we en- courage our readers to contact our reference desk at (608) 266-0341 for information about changes occurring after the book is printed. Each edition of the Blue Book includes a feature article which focuses on some aspect of our government, history or traditions. The article in the 1995-1996 edition traces the history and evolution of the Wisconsin Idea- the concept that the academic community and state government, working together, can improve the social, economic and political life of Wisconsin's citizens. It was written by LRB attorney Jack Stark, the author of two prior Blue Book articles, and provides a thoughtful analysis of historical events from a contemporary perspective. The article explores the roots of the Idea and details many examples of how it was applied for almost a century and eventually came to define our state. A shorter, related piece was contributed by Alan Knox and Joe Corry of the UW-Madison, who apply a wider perspective and focus on a vision of the future expansion of the Wisconsin Idea into the 21st Century. As companion pieces, the articles reflect the essence of the Wisconsin Idea: the intellectual and practical partnership between the university and state government. We hope that you find the 1995-1996 Wisconsin Blue Book a helpful, informative and useful resource. We encourage you to let us know if we have succeeded in meeting this goal. Lawrence S. Barish Blue Book Editor
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