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State’s biennial budget introduced; analysis begins

Gov. Scott Walker introduced his 2013-2015 biennial budget proposal Wednesday night in a joint appearance before the state Legislature. The budget proposal contains a variety of issues related to medicine, workforce and other areas affecting physicians and their practices.

Prior to Wednesday’s formal budget address, Gov. Walker announced proposals to bolster the state’s medical schools, increase funding for mental health programs and provide state support for the Wisconsin Health Information Organization’s efforts. The budget also includes a controversial proposal on the state’s Medicaid program. See last week’s issue of Medigram for additional information.

The budget address begins a months-long process before final approval. The Legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee will hold numerous public hearings on the budget around the state followed by debate and vote on various sections of the governor’s budget. After the Joint Finance Committee passes a final version of the budget, the bill goes to the full legislature for similar debate, possible amendment and vote. The governor then has the ability to use vetoes to shape the final document. The new biennium begins July 1, so the Legislature aims for a mid-June deadline to finish its work.

You can read the governor’s “Budget in Brief” here. This is the first of many documents organizations like the Society will use to analyze the budget proposal.

Stay tuned to future issues of Medigram for more biennial budget news. Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, and Chris Rasch in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.

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