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

The state government: administrative branch,   pp. [323]-484 PDF (46.9 MB)

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   Bills containing appropriations or increasing the cost or expense
of state government or decreasing state revenues must bear a fiscal
note to such effect and may not be passed by either house until the
general fund executive budget bill has passed both houses; except
that the Governor or the Joint Committee on Finance may recom-
mend the enactment of emergency executive budget bills for the
current biennium.
                 The Finance Committee's Budget
   Immediately after the delivery of the Governor's budget message
to the legislature the budget bills are introduced without change into
either house by the Joint Finance Committee and when introduced
are referred back to that committee which also conducts hearings
thereon and recommends such changes as it deems advisable. The
legislature, in turn, may accept or reject these recommended changes
and make such other changes as it wishes. Not later than 10 days
after passage of the executive budget bill for the general fund, the
Joint Committee on Finance must report to the legislature: the
estimated condition of the general fund on the succeeding July 1;
the estimated general fund revenues during the ensuing biennium;
the total amount of appropriations in the executive budget bill; the
estimated condition of the general fund at the end of the ensuing
biennium; recommendations as to fiscal policy; and budget allot-
  After appropriations are voted, they are not actually available to
the departments to which they are made until released by the director
of budget and accounts. Such releases are made on the presentation
of quarterly estimates of expenditures, which the director may not
approve until he is satisfied that they will not exhaust, before the
end of the year, the appropriations which the legislature has made
to the department and that there will be sufficient revenues to meet
such contemplated expenditures. If the director is satisfied that an
estimate for any period is more than sufficient for the execution
of the normal functions of a department he may modify or withhold
such estimate.
  Among the duties delegated to the State Department of Budget and
Accounts are the following:
  1. Suggest plans for the improvement and management of the
     public revenues and expenditures.
  2. Direct the collection of all moneys due the state.
  3. Keep and state all accounts in which the state is interested.
  4. Examine, determine and audit, according to law, the claims of
     all persons against the state; supervise preaudit of the univer-
     sity, state colleges, and charitable and penal institutions.
  5. Draw warrants on the State Treasurer payable to claimants
     for amounts audited and allowed.
  6. Approve departmental purchase orders, contracts and print-
     ing orders prior to incurring liability thereon.

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