As part of the state budget process, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau is required to produce a "Earmark Transparency Report" outlining earmarks in the budget and who or what they benefit. This is a selection of some of those earmarks.

The LFB defines an earmark as any provision in the biennial budget that meets either of the following criteria: "(1) authorizes or requires the payment of state moneys to a specific beneficiary or beneficiaries in a manner not determined by laws of general applicability for the selection of the beneficiary or beneficiaries; or (2) creates or modifies a tax deduction, credit, exclusion, or exemption that applies to a specific beneficiary or beneficiaries in a manner not determined by laws of general applicability for the selection of the beneficiary or beneficiaries."

You can read the entire LFB report here. Page and item numbers reference the LFB's comparative study of the governor's budget and the budget passed by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.

Nick Heynen is the online editor for the Wisconsin State Journal and manages the newspaper's social media accounts. A Maryland native transplanted to Wisconsin, he joined the paper in 2007 as data reporter.

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