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    Here is where the budget exempts itself from balance.  The statute that it references is this one:

    (4m) Required general fund structural balance. No bill may be adopted by the legislature if the bill would cause in the 2nd year of any fiscal biennium the amount of moneys designated as "Total Expenditures" in the summary under s. 20.005 (1) for that fiscal year, less any amounts transferred to the budget stabilization fund in that fiscal year, to exceed the sum of the amount of moneys designated as "Taxes" and "Departmental Revenues" in the summary under s. 20.005 (1) for that fiscal year.
    You'll find the table for 20.005 (1) on page 95 of the bill, which lists FY15 (second year of the biennium) tax revenues as $14,517,548,000 and departmental revenue as $561,203,200 for a total of $15,078,751,200, which is less than the Total Expenditures of $15,374,997,900 by $296,246,700.

    That's 1.9% of GPR (general purpose revenue) appropriations for the year.

    The statute that they forgot to carve an exemption for is this one:

    (a) If following the enactment of the biennial budget act in any biennium the secretary determines that previously authorized expenditures will exceed revenues in the current or forthcoming fiscal year by more than one-half of one percent of the estimated general purpose revenue appropriations for that fiscal year, he or she may not take any action under sub. (2) and shall immediately notify the governor, the presiding officers of each house of the legislature and the joint committee on finance.

    (b) Following such notification, the governor shall submit a bill containing his or her recommendations for correcting the imbalance between projected revenues and authorized expenditures, including a recommendation as to whether moneys should be transferred from the budget stabilization fund to the general fund. If the legislature is not in a floorperiod at the time of the secretary's notification, the governor shall call a special session of the legislature to take up the matter of the projected revenue shortfall and the governor shall submit his or her bill for consideration at that session.

    Close followers of happenings in Wisconsin will recognise this: the statutory requirement for this thing called a "Budget Repair Bill".

    The budget is also unconstitutional since it gives FY14 a $199,102,100 structural deficit without making it good in FY15:

    The legislature shall provide for an annual tax sufficient to defray the estimated expenses of the state for each year; and whenever the expenses of any year shall exceed the income, the legislature shall provide for levying a tax for the ensuing year, sufficient, with other sources of income, to pay the deficiency as well as the estimated expenses of such ensuing year.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 05:53:28 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the details (0+ / 0-)

      I was going by the statement from Fred Risser.

      They seem to make a whole lot of mistakes whenever they try to do shit like this. Gosh, they created conflicting statutes. Gosh, it's blatently unconstitutional.

      This just doesn't bother them anymore.

      Unfortunately, it takes time to get this stuff into the courts and even more time to invalidate this crap. And it's a distraction from the things that harm the citizens of Wisconsin.

      The details matter. Clearly, you've done far more research than the wingers did. I appreciate your efforts.

      The Wisconsin Constitution, iirc, requires that budget shortfalls are to be resolved by raising taxes (in effect).  The corrupt state supreme court will give a free pass to the wingers. The precedent has been established for now.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 10:19:40 AM PDT

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      •  Nothing is stopping (1+ / 0-)
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        A Democrat from introducing the Budget Repair Bill that the Governor won't.  That can't fail to draw attention to the broken budget, and what possible retort can there be to it that isn't a thin veneer on top of "I either hate or am completely ignorant of the Wisconsin Constitution I swore to uphold"?

        (I don't agree that the WI Constitution necessarily requires shortfalls to be made good by raising taxes: post-budget, bills can be passed reducing expenses for the 2nd fiscal year of the biennium).

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 11:35:16 AM PDT

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        •  It's not that the broken budget isn't a secret... (0+ / 0-)

          And it's not like the Democrats can't figure out what the Wanker budget will contain. Just read through the CMD treasure trove of ALEC boilerplate and fill in the blanks.

          The Democrats had just as much time to prepare a budget bill that the Republicans had.

          There's no doubt that a Democratic Party budget bill would never be enrolled and probably wouldn't be debated or reported in the broken news media, but that's just not a valid excuse. The value is that it would provide a little reality to the discussions.

          It's the Democratic Party platform in action.

          So yeah. Nothing is stopping them.

          (And I know that the WI Constitution doesn't restrict remedies for deficits - and the text seems to apply to local budget shortfalls, not the state - I just like to point out that the words are there)

          "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

          by GrumpyOldGeek on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 01:00:12 PM PDT

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