Committee to consider new emergency government office
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's finance committee is set to consider Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues in the wake of a disaster.
Walker's budget calls for creating the Office of Government Continuity within the Department of Administration. The office would be tasked with developing and updating a continuity plan for each state agency.
The two-year budget would set aside $676,500 to pay for five employees and supplies. Three positions, one within the Department of Health Services, one within the Department of Safety and Professional Standards and one within the state historical society would be eliminated to create three spots within the new office.
The committee is expected to take up the proposal Wednesday. The panel could adopt it, tweak it or reject it completely.