Elections and Ethics Commissions
53. Elections and Ethics Commissioner Per Diems
Department of Employee Trust Funds
54. Group Insurance Program Changes and Group Insurance Board Directives
55. 100th Anniversary of the State Capitol
56. State Capitol Basement Renovations
Public Service Commission
57. Provision of Utility Services Effective Date
D. Health Services and Insurance
Department of Health Services
58. Supervised Release of Sexually Violent Persons
59. FoodShare Employment and Training – Universal Referrals
60. FoodShare Employment and Training – Cost to Continue
61. FoodShare Employment and Training Pilot
62. Medical Assistance Coverage of Complex Rehabilitation Technology
63. Exemption from the Nursing Home Bed Assessment
64. Childless Adult Employment and Training Waiver
65. Family Care Funding
66. Family Care Partnership Program
67. Self-Directed Services Waiver for Postsecondary Education
68. Nursing Home Bed Licenses
69. Intensive Care Coordination Pilot Program
70. Clinical Consultations
71. Emergency Physician Services and Reimbursement Workgroup
72. Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility
73. Disposition of Surplus Revenue Balance in the Mental Health Institutes Appropriation
74. Office of Children’s Mental Health Travel Reimbursement
Department of Veterans Affairs
75. Veteran’s Trust Fund and State Veterans Homes
E. Tax, Local Government and Economic Development
76. General Fund Structural Balance
General Fund Taxes
77. Refundable Business Tax Credit Claims
78. Limit on Enterprise Zones
79. Historic Rehabilitation Credit
80. Working Families Tax Credit
81. Private Label Credit Card Bad Debt Deduction
82. Sales Tax Exemption for Broadcast Equipment
83. Alternative Minimum Tax Repeal Technical Correction
84. Duties of the Milwaukee County Comptroller
85. County Board Approval for Sale or Lease of Land Owned by Milwaukee County
86. Conduit Revenue Bonds
87. Ordinances Conflicting with Statutory Provisions
Department of Transportation
88. Transfer of State Car-Killed Deer Removal Program
89. Volkswagen Settlement
90. Tolling Implementation Study
91. Aeronautics Local Government Zoning
92. State Highway Rehabilitation – State Highway 154 (Sauk County)
93. Enumerate I-94 between USH 12 and STH 65 (St. Croix County)
94. State Highway Construction – "Replace-In-Kind" Alternative Requirement
95. Initial Applicability of the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Law
96. Transportation Projects Commission Temporary Changes
97. Transfer of Segregated Funds
98. Railroad Corporation Condemnation Authority
A. Agriculture, Environment and Justice
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
1. Livestock Premises Identification
Sections 183 [as it relates to s. 20.115 (2) ( r)] and 183m
These sections provide $100,000 SEG from the agricultural chemical management fund in each year in a new appropriation for administration of the livestock premises registration program. The current program provides $250,000 GPR annually for the program.
I am vetoing these sections because I object to the use of agricultural chemical management fund moneys for purposes for which they are not intended. The revenues from the fund are generated from feed, fertilizer and pesticides, and are used for the regulation and oversight of those programs. Finally, there is no evidence that additional funds are necessary to manage this program. The department believes it can manage this program with existing funds.
Department of Corrections
2. Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program
Section 9108 (8w)
This section directs the Department of Corrections to design an intensive alcohol abuse treatment program which would provide intensive treatment in conjunction with a work release model that allows inmates to work in individual job placements. Under the provisions, the department must develop community job placements that are appropriately matched to each inmate's employment and educational skills and provide or arrange for appropriate transportation to and from job sites. In addition, the department must submit as part of its 2019-21 budget request a plan for staffing and funding for the program, as well as any statutory changes necessary to provide sentencing modifications to coordinate the program. Finally, five years after the program begins to operate, the department must submit to the Governor and appropriate legislative standing committees an evidence-based evaluation of the program's impact on inmates' long-term recovery from alcohol abuse programs and recidivism into the criminal justice system.
I am vetoing this section because I object to including a new unfunded mandate that will impede the department's ability to implement the existing expansion of the Earned Release Program included in this budget and would require additional resources and positions to be successful. In addition, the required submission as part of the 2019-21 budget request is premature. The Department of Corrections should ensure it has the positions and resources necessary to address the Earned Release Program before the department begins to develop new programs to address alcohol and drug abuse needs. The department will continue to evaluate the need for additional alcohol abuse programming and will request those needs in the department's agency biennial budget requests when appropriate.
3. Earned Release Program Expansion
Sections 1856c, 1856e, 1856f, 1856g, 1857b, 1857c, 1857e, 1857f and 1857h
These provisions modify the Earned Release Program from a substance abuse treatment program to a rehabilitation program that addresses needs related to an inmate's criminal behavior.
I am vetoing these provisions because I object to expanding the purpose of the program from its current form, as the department has demonstrated the need for increased alcohol abuse services. The additional resources and funding position authority provided under the bill for the current program should be fully utilized to meet the demands of the existing eligible population. Since 2011 Wisconsin Act 32, the Earned Release Program has been used to address eligible inmates' alcohol and drug related needs. Expanding the program to a rehabilitation program would be an administrative burden on the department and would require newly-eligible inmates to petition the court for participation. Instead, the department should focus on treatment for the existing eligible population under the current program. If there is a desire to expand the scope of the Earned Release Program beyond its current form, it would be more appropriate to do so through separate legislation with additional resources.
4. Inmate Work Opportunity Training
Section 9108 (31t)
This section directs the Department of Corrections to submit a report by December 31, 2017, to the appropriate legislative standing committees addressing inmate participation in work release programs, outcomes of the work release program after the inmates are released and the costs the department assesses to the work release participants.
I am vetoing this section because I object to the creation of an additional mandated report which is administratively burdensome and would result in additional unfunded costs to produce. Further, the deadline for submitting the report is not practical. The department already reports on a number of variables relating to recidivism and reincarceration after release from prison, as well as the program outcomes served by the Becky Young program.
5. Long-Term Service Awards
Sections 1761p and 9101 (11w)
These sections provide lump-sum awards for correctional officers, correctional sergeants, youth counselors and youth counselors-advanced on their 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th work anniversaries, and every fifth anniversary thereafter.
I am vetoing the provision to provide the lump-sum anniversary awards. I object to providing the lump-sum awards to a subsection of the Department of Corrections and Department of Health Services personnel. Existing provisions of the compensation plan should be used to reward select department personnel for the purposes of recognition of merit and employee retention. Furthermore, the budget already includes two general wage adjustments of 2 percent each to state employees over the biennium, which is in addition to the 80-cent per hour increase Department of Corrections' officers, sergeants and youth counselors received in fiscal year 2015-16.
6. Mental Health Staffing at Oshkosh, Waupun, Green Bay and Columbia
Section 9108 (22t)
This provision requires the Department of Corrections to submit a report to the appropriate legislative standing committees regarding: (a) the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, (b) the average number of inmates with serious mental illnesses at each of the institutions' restrictive housing units, (c) the department's status or alternative policies related to each of the U.S. Department of Justice's recommendations related to the use of restrictive housing for inmates with serious mental illnesses, and (d) the department's estimate for necessary additional resources.
I am vetoing this provision because it is unnecessary and would create an administrative burden on the department. The department may assess whether additional resources are needed as part of its 2019-21 budget request and provide data to accompany the request.
7. Opening Avenues to Reentry Success
This provision requires the Department of Corrections to submit a Wisconsin Results First Initiative Biennial report to the appropriate legislative standing committees regarding the outcomes from the program expansion.