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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1956
(1956)

Executive branch and constitutional departments,   pp. [253]-[278] PDF (7.2 MB)


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EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT
Governor: WALTER J. KOHLER.
Lieutenant Governor: WARREN P. KNOWLES.
Executive Secretary: PHILLIP T. DROTNING.
Financial Secretary: ARTHUR E. WEGNER.
Legal Counsel: EDWIN M. WILKIE.
Director, Division of Departmental Research: ROBERT D. SIFF.
Director, Industrial Development Division: ROBERT D. SIFF.
Industrial Development Advisory Committee: DONALD TEWES, chairman;
    0. H. FALGE, vice chairman; Assemblyman WMi. N. BELTER;
    Senator PETER B. CARR; JOHN FREDERICK; W. D. KNIGHT; Senator
    ALFRED A. LAUN; JOHN LOBB; L. K. POLLARD; Senator FOSTER B.
    PORTER; FRANK RANNEY; GEORGE E. RUPPLE; Assemblyman Roy H.
    SENGSTOCK; W. A. STEFFKE; J. W. VILAS.
Office: State Capitol.
Publications:  Regular and budget messages to the legislature
     (mimeographed; and later printed in bound legislative jour-
     nals); State of Wisconsin Building Program July 1, 1943-
     July 1, 1954, by Division of Departmental Research; 1142
     Ways Wisconsin Tax Dollars Are Spent, by Division of Depart-
     mental Research.
   The Governor is elected by the people for a 2-year term at the
general election in November of each even-numbered year. He
takes office on the first Monday in January following the general
election. Under the State Constitution, the Governor is the state's
principal executive officer. He is commander-in-chief of the militia,
and appoints all national guard officers.
   The state government's programs are performed by some 90
 agencies and 19,000 full and part-time employes in the administra-
 tive branch. Most department heads are appointed by the Governor
 or by boards which are appointed by the Governor. Many of the
 Governor's appointments must be confirmed by the senate. The
 Governor exercises some control over the state's agencies through
 his budgetary authority and through the advisory services of his
 Division of Departmental Research.
   In a biennial message delivered at the beginning of the session
 and in special messages from time to time, the Governor recom-
 mends necessary new programs and other changes in law. Every
 bill passed by the legislature is sent to the Governor for his ap-
 proval or veto. If he vetoes a bill it can become law only if two-
 thirds of the members in each house of the legislature vote to
 override the veto.
   The Governor presents a balanced budget for the following 2
 fiscal years to each session of the legislature, recommending the
 amount to be appropriated to each state agency. The State Con-
 stitution forbids deficit financing. The Governor may veto the


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