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Population
5.9 million
Total Outstanding Obligations as of 12/15/2019
$12,716,667,098
Total General Obligations Outstanding as of 12/15/2019
$7,635,229,888

About State of Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th state in 1848.  Wisconsin is located in the Midwest among the northernmost tier of states between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. The State ranks 20th among the states in population (5.8 million) and 25th in land area (54,310 square miles).  Wisconsin’s capital is Madison and its largest city is Milwaukee. Wisconsin has coastlines on two Great Lakes, Michigan and Superior, and an interior of forests and farms.

Wisconsin government is divided into three branches and the State provides a full range of services that include commerce, education, transportation, environmental resources, human relations and resources, judicial, legislative and general administrative services. 

     (i)     Executive Branch, under the direction of the Governor, who is the chief executive officer of the State and is assisted by five elected constitutional officers (each elected to a four-year term) and consists of 17 departments, 11 independent agencies, and numerous other authorities,

     (ii)    Legislative Branch, which consists of the Legislature, composed of the Senate with 33 members serving staggered four-year terms and the Assembly with 99 members serving identical two-year terms, and subordinate service agencies, and

     (iii)   Judicial Branch, which consists of  the Supreme Court, composed of seven justices who are elected statewide for staggered ten-year terms, the Court of Appeals, composed of 16 judges who are elected district-wide for staggered six-year terms, generally sitting in three-judge panels, and the Circuit Courts (the State’s trial courts), having one or more branches and judges who are locally elected for six-year terms.

Key Projects

General Obligation Bond Funded Projects

Proceeds of State of Wisconsin General Obligation Bonds are used to acquire, construct, develop, extend, enlarge, or improve land, waters, property highways, railways, buildings, equipment, or facilities for public purposes. Funded project types include University of Wisconsin academic facilities, correctional facilities, energy conservation projects, mental health facilities, transportation projects, and veterans facilities.

The project identified below is being funded with General Obligation Bonds.

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UW Madison - Memorial Union

For over 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has been a center for cultural activity in the heart of campus. Located in the Memorial Union west wing, the recently renovated Theater features three versatile performance spaces and an expansive history of remarkable performances.

In the 21st Century, the Union Theater continues to flourish with ideas, programs, energy, and vision. That vision becomes a reality hundreds of times each year, when its doors open to a lively and inquiring audience.

This project is funded with General Obligation Bonds.

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Transportation Revenue Bond Funded Projects

Proceeds of State of Wisconsin Transportation Revenue Bonds are used to finance highway and transportation related administrative facilities.

The project identified below is being funded with Transportation Revenue Bonds.

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I-39/90 Expansion Project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is overseeing a major reconstruction and expansion project in south-central Wisconsin. The I-39/90 Expansion Project extends approximately 45 miles along Interstate 39/90 from the Illinois state line to the US 12/18 interchange near Madison.

  • Built in the early 1960s, all of the 11 interchanges along the corridor had outdated design features that contributed to safety concerns.
  • This section of Interstate was experiencing significant traffic delays, especially during peak travel times, resulting in poor traffic flow and increased safety problems.
  • To address safety and congestion concerns, WisDOT is:
    • Reconstructing and expanding I-39/90 from four to six lanes;
    • Reconfiguring 11 interchanges; and
    • Expanding the Interstate to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction) through the Janesville area, from WIS 11/Avalon Road north to the WIS 26/Milton Avenue interchange, to accommodate projected traffic increases.

The I-39/90 Expansion Project began in 2015 and the mainline project is currently anticipated to be completed in 2021. Work will also begin in 2020 at the I-39/90 and US 12/18 (Beltline) interchange near Madison. Visit the Schedule section to learn more about upcoming construction work.

This project is funded with Transportation Revenue Bonds.

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The Team

David Erdman

Capital Finance Director

(608) 267-0374

David.Erdman@wisconsin.gov

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Aaron Heintz

Deputy Capital Finance Director

(608) 267-1836

Aaron.Heintz@wisconsin.gov

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Joseph Adomakoh III

Capital Finance Officer

(608) 267-7399

Joseph.Adomakohiii@wisconsin.gov

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Andrew Behm

Capital Finance Officer

(608) 266-0739

Andrew.Behm@wisconsin.gov

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Juan Gomez

Capital Finance Officer

(608) 267-2734

Juan.Gomez1@wisconsin.gov

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Katherine Miller

Capital Finance Officer

(608) 266-2305

KatherineC.Miller@wisconsin.gov>

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Credit Summaries

General Obligations:

The Wisconsin Constitution provides that the State may issue general obligations for three categories of borrowing. The first is to acquire, construct, develop, extend, enlarge, or improve land, waters, property, highways, railways, buildings, equipment, or facilities for public purposes. The second is to make funds available for veterans housing loans. The third is to fund or refund any outstanding State general obligations. Subject to constitutional limitations about purposes and amounts, procedures governing the use of the borrowing authority are to be established by the Legislature. There is no constitutional requirement that the issuance of general obligations receive the direct approval of the electorate.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)              $7,635,229,888

Registrar/Paying Agent:
The Secretary of Administration is the registrar and paying agent for all outstanding fixed-rate general obligations. U.S. Bank National Association serves as issuing and paying agent for the CP Notes and EMCP, and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. serves as paying agent and tender agent for the VRDO Notes.

Security:
The Wisconsin Constitution pledges the full faith, credit, and taxing power of the State to its general obligations and requires the Legislature to provide for their payment by appropriation. The Wisconsin Statutes establish additional protections, provide for the repayment of all general obligations, and establish, as security for the payment of all debt service on general obligations, an irrevocable appropriation as a first charge on all revenues of the State.

Master Lease Certificates of Participation:

The Program, which was created in 1992 for use by all State agencies, permits the State to acquire tangible property and, in certain situations, intangible property or prepaid service items (Leased Items), for State agencies through installment purchase contracts. Particular Leased Items are described in schedules (Lease Schedules) that are prepared under the Third Amended and Restated Master Lease, dated as of April 28, 2000 (Master Lease), between the Lessor and the State. Through the period ending December 15, 2019, 16 State departments, the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other State bodies have used the Program to acquire approximately $776 million of Leased Items.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)                  $88,562,210

Trustee/Paying Agent:
U.S. Bank National Association serves as Trustee, Paying Agent, Registrar, and Lessor.

Security: 
The Certificates evidence a proportionate interest in Lease Payments to be made by the State under the Master Lease with regard to equipment items and service contracts.

The Certificates do no constitute debt of the State or any of its subdivisions. The State’s obligation to make Lease Payments is not a general obligation of the State and is not supported by the full faith and credit of the State. The State is not obligated to levy or pledge any tax to make the Lease Payments, but such payments are required from legally available funds, subject to annual appropriation.

Transportation Revenue Obligations:

The State of Wisconsin Building Commission typically adopts Series Resolutions that authorize the issuance of transportation revenue obligations for new money and refunding purposes. This authorization is generally effective for a period of one year from date of adoption. In addition, the Commission has previously adopted, and may in the future adopt, Series Resolutions that authorize the issuance of Transportation Revenue Commercial Paper Notes (Notes) and Bonds to pay for the funding of any Notes; these Series Resolutions have been and may be required pursuant to terms of any credit agreement by which the liquidity facility provider provides a line of credit for liquidity on the Notes, and this authorization is effective for the term of any Notes. The Bonds to refund outstanding Bonds, any Bonds to fund new money purposes, and Bonds to take-out any Notes, when and if issued, are expected to be issued on a parity with the Bonds issued by the State pursuant to the General Resolution.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)              $1,767,050,000

Trustee/Paying Agent:
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. serves as Trustee for all obligations, as well as Registrar and Paying Agent for the Bonds.

Security: 
The Bonds are secured by a first lien pledge of Program Income, the Funds created by the General Resolution, as amended, and any other income of the Program. Program Income includes vehicle Registration Fees authorized under Section 341.25, Wisconsin Statutes (which is a substantial amount of the Program Income) and certain Other Registration-Related Fees added pursuant to 2003 Wisconsin Act 33 (including, but not limited to, vehicle title transaction fees, registration and title counter service fees, and personalized license plate issuance and renewal fees).

Clean Water Revenue Bonds:

From 1991 through 2012, the State issued Bonds to fund the financial assistance made available to Municipalities in the form of loans from the Clean Water Fund Program. In 2015, the Commission approved and the State created, the environmental improvement fund revenue obligations program, and bonds were issued under that new program to provide financing for the Clean Water Fund Program.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)                  $35,290,000

Trustee/Paying Agent:
U.S. Bank National Association serves as Trustee, Registrar, and Paying Agent.

Security:
All Bonds, other than outstanding Clean Water Revenue Bonds, 2010 Series 3 (Taxable) (2010 Series 3 Bonds), have been legally defeased, and all Pledged Loans have been released from the General Resolution.

The 2010 Series 3 Bonds have been economically defeased and are payable from amounts on deposit in the Revenue Fund and the Subsidy Fund under the General Resolution.

Environmental Improvement Fund Revenue Bonds:

Funds the State’s Environmental Improvement Fund which currently provides for the following separate environmental financing programs:
• Clean Water Fund Program. Established in 1990, the Clean Water Fund Program is a municipal financial assistance program for water pollution control projects and includes the State’s implementation of a Federal SRF Program under the Water Quality Act. Starting in 2015, the issuance of environmental improvement fund revenue bonds replaced the need for issuance of clean water revenue bonds to fund the Clean Water Fund Program.
• Safe Drinking Water Loan Program. The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program is a municipal loan program for drinking water projects and includes the State’s implementation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. In 2019, issuance of environmental improvement fund revenue bonds was expanded to provide financing for the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)                 $245,885,000

Trustee/Paying Agent:
U.S. Bank National Association serves as Trustee, Registrar, and Paying Agent.

Security:
The Bonds are payable solely from Pledged Revenues, which include (1) Loan Repayments on Pledged Loans, (2) moneys received by the State upon any default under Municipal Obligations, and (3) any other moneys or revenues pledged in the Program Resolution to secure the Bonds, and from any amounts on deposit in the Loan Fund, Revenue Fund, Redemption Fund, and Supplemental Income Fund.

General Fund Annual Appropriation Bonds:

Have been issued:
• To fund the State’s unfunded accrued prior service (pension) liability and the State’s unfunded accrued liability for sick leave conversion, and to refund a portion of obligations previously issued for that purpose.
• To finance the purchase of tobacco settlement revenues that had been previously sold by the State.

Total Outstanding Balance (12/15/2019)              $2,944,650,000

Trustee/Paying Agent:
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. as successor to U.S. Bank National Association.

Security: 
The payment of the principal of, and interest on, the Bonds is subject to annual appropriation; that is, payments due in any Fiscal Year of the State will be made only to the extent sufficient amounts are appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.

The Bonds do not constitute debt of the State or any of its subdivisions. The State’s obligation to make payments of the principal of, and interest on, the Bonds is not a general obligation of the State and is not supported by the full faith and credit of the State.

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