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News and Updates from the Local Government Center
|Legislative Update available as audiostream||Catch yourself up on the recently-passed state budget with the Legislative Update 10/15/2013 audiostream, now available through UW-Extension’s The Learning Store.
The Local Government Center brought together representatives from the state’s three major local government associations to give their perspectives on the impacts of the 2013-15 state budget and recent legislation on Wisconsin towns, counties, and municipalities.
See how the new budget and state laws affect your local government. Includes audio file and pdf of written materials. Click here to order audiostream.
|OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER 2013||Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials
From October through December 2013, the following topics are available via WisLine. These three teleconferences will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Legislative Update with Rick Stadelman, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Towns Association; Mark O'Connell, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Counties Association; and Curt Witynski, Assistant Director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities (Tuesday, October 15, 2013)
Affordable Care Act with Matthew J. Flanary, Attorney, head of the employee benefits practice at Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC and Molly Bandt, director of Covering Kids and Families Project, UW-Madison Center for Child and Family Well-Being (Tuesday, November 12, 2013)
Civility and Civil Dialogue in Local Government with Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist at the UW-Extension Local Government Center (Tuesday, December 17)
For more complete program information, you can download the brochure.
For how a WisLine teleconference works, visit our All About WisLines page.
To register online for any of these WisLines, click here. You can also register by phone at 608-262-0810.
|G R E A T
is great for local budgets
|GREAT (Graphing Revenue, Expenditures and Taxes) now online!
GREAT lets local governments track revenue and expenditures such as law enforcement, highway maintenance, debt service and more and compares your local government to others like yours throughout Wisconsin.
A simple drop-down menu provides access to multiple graphs that offer a unique look at budget activity over time. This information can be used to initiate budget discussions based on data that has recently been updated to 2011, the most current data available.
Local Officials, UW-Extension county educators, graduate students, academics and other professionals have all used GREAT in their work.
|More help with the annual budget||Developing the Annual Budget webinar
Former Local Government Specialist Alan Probst delivered a webinar in 2012 designed to help local governments think through the annual budgeting process. Many local units of government are in the midst of this process today. This program covers the general statutory requirements and procedures that local governments must adhere to in developing their annual budget. A recording of this program is available to watch and listen to at no charge.
Click here to view Developing the Annual Budget webinar. For best results, use Internet Explorer as your browser. If you experience any difficulties, please email Eileen Langdon.
|Managing in a Labor Contract Void||Though Alan Probst recently resigned his Local Government Specialist position at the Local Government Center to assume a position at the Pentagon, the Center and UW-Extension continue to benefit from Al's work. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) recently published Alan's article, "Managing in a Labor Contract Void," in the on-line edition of Public Management Magazine. The article provides practical information to local government managers who find themselves managing without a union contract. The leadership and management advice that Alan offers would be of use to a manager in any organization, public or private, facing challenging times.|
|Open Meetings Training when it's convenient for your Board||Don't have time to schedule Open Meetings training? Tired of reading complex statutes but need some quality training on Wisconsin Open Meetings Law? The Local Government Center has the solution. The Local Government Center has produced an informative and enjoyable 10-part video, each approx. 5 minutes in length, available on DVD, addressing Open Meetings Law with actors in a realistic setting, portraying real-world scenarios, followed by an explanation and analysis by an experienced attorney. Check out a preview of this exciting and convenient video. A perfect way to provide needed training to your entire elected body, a copy of this video can be obtained through your county UW-Extension educator.|
UW-Extension's Local Government Center helps educate members of the public in Wisconsin, in particular locally elected or appointed officials and those who aspire to hold office, about local government structures, laws, and procedures in the State of Wisconsin. Whether you are a high school student writing a report, a resident contemplating running for your town board, an official looking up procedures, or a UW-Extension educator developing a presentation, we hope you will find what you need here.
Since its inception in 1997, the Local Government Center has partnered with county UW-Extension offices, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, in providing education and information to Wisconsin local governments.
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This page last modified: November 19, 2013.