So I called my state representatives in Madison. They knew nothing about the budget changes until the budget became public.
I then called the Governors office. They would not offer any minutes from budget meetings of any kind. They suggested I file a freedom of information request. Which I did.
The current issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News reports that Tom Tiffany is behind the changes to the DNR in the state budget. So I contacted him via facebook. He told me that "Gov. Walked drafted the proposed budget. Not me."
At this point I was a little confused. The DNR staff had no idea of the changes proposed in the new budget. They were not consulted about the changes.
Despite the open records laws in Wisconsin, no open records are available about who added the drastic changes to the DNR in the budget.
Who in Madison wants to disband the Wisconsin Conservation Congress ?? Who stopped it from being in the budget ? Why are there no open records of budget meetings???