The state’s biennial (two-year) budget process can be seen as a continuous
cycle, moving from preparation of agency budget requests to submission of the
Governor’s budget to legislative authorization of appropriations, to agency
expenditure of those appropriations, to review of agency expenditures and then,
beginning again, with subsequent agency budget requests.
The biennial budget itself is a two-year budget. It begins July 1 of each odd
numbered year and concludes on June 30 of the next odd numbered year. Each
agency, including the UW System, develops a biennial budget request in the
Spring and Summer of the even numbered year which precedes the start of the next
biennial budget period.
The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System reviews budget
initiatives as it prepares its biennial budget request. During the Fall of each
even numbered year, the Board submits this budget request to the State of
Wisconsin Department of Administration. This department analyzes agency budget
requests, makes modifications and then recommendations to the Governor for
possible inclusion in the Governor’s budget request. When this review is
completed, sometime in January or February, the Governor presents his/her budget
to the Legislature. From February through June, the Legislative Joint Committee
on Finance and both houses of the State Legislature act on the biennial budget.
At this point, the biennial budget is treated much the same as any other piece
of legislation. Typically, by July 1 of the odd numbered year, the budget is
Italics refers to even numbered years.Boldface refers to
odd numbered years.