On Friday, Assembly Speaker Vos officially transmitted the state budget,
, to Governor Evers. The Governor has until Friday, July 5, to either use his line item veto powers before signing it into law or veto the budget entirely. The prevailing wisdom in Madison is that he'll use his partial veto authority before signing it into law.
In a nutshell, here's how the budget passed by the GOP dominated Legislature affects municipalities:
--Status quo funding levels for shared revenue, Expenditure Restraint Program, and Payment for Municipal Services Program.
--Status quo for levy limits, which remain based on a community's net new construction number and are among the tightest in the country.
--10% increase in funding for General Transportation Aids.
--$23 million one-time bump in dollars available to cities and villages for street reconstruction under the Local Road Improvement Program.
--2% increase in mass transit operating assistance.
--Provides an increase of $13,500,000 in general obligation bonding authority for the clean water fund.
--Provides an increase of $3,550,000 in general obligation bonding authority for the safe drinking water loan program.
--Authorizes the safe drinking water loan program to provide a maximum 30-year loan term, instead of the current maximum of 20 years.
--Limits municipal authority to regulate quarry operations.
--Reduces municipal cable franchise fees by a total of 1% by January 1, 2021, while at the same time creating a state aid program to compensate municipalities for the mandated fee reductions, The state aid program is to sunset after 10 years.