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Robert M. La Follette
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Madison, WI 53706

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Students to visit State Budget Office

La Follette School students will visit the State Budget Office on Friday, February 15, at 12:30 p.m. to learn about employment opportunities and the state hiring process.

Students will meet with Brian Hayes, administrator of the Division of Executive Budget and Finance; 1995 alum Kirsten Grinde, deputy administrator of the Division of Executive Budget and Finance in the Department of Administration; and several team leaders from the State Budget Office.

“Several La Follette School alumni work at the Budget Office,” says trip organizer Steve Kulig, the alumni coordinator for the La Follette School Student Association. “People interested in careers with state government can learn a lot by working there and experiencing how the budget process works.”

Students also will hear from several budget office staff members who are La Follette School alumni, including Sasha Bong, 2012 master of international public affairs; Megan Stritchko, 2009 master of public affairs; and Breann Boggs, 2008 MPA.

Students interested in attending the site visit should contact Kulig,, so he can get a head count for Budget Office staff. RSVPs can also be made via Facebook.

The State Budget Office provides fiscal and policy analysis to the governor for development of executive budget proposals and assists agencies in the technical preparation of budget requests. It reviews legislation and prepares or coordinates the fiscal estimates that accompany all expenditure bills. The office maintains the state budget system and works to ensure that implementation of budget and other fiscal-related legislation is consistent with gubernatorial and legislative intent. The office also provides program and management evaluation and maintains the management information system for authorized state employee positions.

— posted February 7, 2013