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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958
(1958)

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


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BUILDING COMMISSION, STATE
     4. Preparing state checks covering audited claims for all state
       activities.
     5. Physically auditing and processing each year approximately
        290,000 state vouchers and 1,100,000 state checks.
     6. Furnishing information to departments regarding preaudit
        matters.
             BUILDING COMMISSION, STATE
Members: GOVERNOR VERNON W. THOmPSON, chairman; Senators ALFRED
    A. LAUN, JR., HOLGER B. RAS-MUSEN, FRANK E. PANZER; Assembly-
    men DAVID BLANCHARD, PAUL LUEDTKE, J. RILEY STONE; ARTHUR E.
    WEGNER, citizen member.
Advisory Members: RALPH D. CULBERTSON, E. C. GIESSEL, ROGER KIRCH-
    HOFF.
Office: Governor's Office, State Capitol.
Publications: None.
   The legislature created the State Building Commission in 1949.
The commission consists of the Governor, a citizen member ap-
pointed by the Governor, 3 senators and 3 assemblymen. In ac-
cordance with 1957 legislation, the state chief engineer, the state
architect and the director of budget and accounts are advisory
members with no voting power and their staffs are directed to assist
the commission.
   The State Building Commission was created near the beginning
of the most extensive building program in the history of the state
in an effort to coordinate the building program and to establish
a long-range plan for the development of the physical plant of the
state. To this end procedures were established for determining
the building needs of the state, the relative urgency of the particular
projects and a stable source of revenue. The importance of such a
coordinating agency is apparent when we realize that in its build-
ing program the state has expended over $100,000,000 since the
middle 1940's.
   The State Building Commission is the central building authority
 for the state and since 1957 must approve all contracts or agree-
 ments for the construction, reconstruction, remodeling or additions
 to any structure for the state which involves cost in excess of $15,000
 regardless of the source of the funds for the project. While the
 legislature still retains the authority to direct the erection of spe-
 cific buildings, a large part of the program of modernization and
 expansion is conducted under the authority of the State Building
 Commission.
   Specifically, the functions which the Building Commission per-
 forms are as follows:
   1. Receives biennially from the operating departments their long-
      range building plans with estimated costs and priorities.
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