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Wisconsin State Agency Budget Requests: Dietitian Affiliated Credentialing Board Remains Intact

Monday, September 19, 2016  
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On Thursday, September 15th, Wisconsin state agencies presented Governor Walker with their 2017-2019 budget requests.  A first step in the budget process, the requests strive to comply with Governor Walker’s directions of maintaining spending and eliminating unnecessary and outdated programs. 

Last budget cycle, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) placed the Dietitian Affiliated Credentialing Board (DACB) on the chopping block.  After months of hard work and advocacy, WAND was able to keep the DACB out of the Governor’s budget, and continued to fight for the board as the budget progressed through the legislature.  This cycle, the DACB remains intact and was not included on the DSPS board and council elimination list.

As the budget process advances, the Governor will now consider the agency requests while drafting his 2017-2019 budget bill.  During this process, Walker will decide whether or not to use or change agency proposals as well as introduce his own initiatives and cuts. 

Governor Walker is set to unveil his budget bill in February 2017.  Once introduced, the bill will be in the hands of the legislature who will review, discuss, and adjust the budget in the Joint Finance Committee before taking their final vote in the summer of 2017.   To stay up to date on the budget process or to learn more about the agency requests, visit the Department of Administration (DOA) website by clicking here.