The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election. Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval. Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6
Voters gave overwhelming approval to local referendum requests to exceed state-imposed revenue limits yesterday.
A total of 38 operating referenda were on the Nov. 6 ballot.
According to media reports, voters approved 21 of 24 ballot questions (87.5 percent) seeking approval of non-recurring revenue limit exemptions and approved 13 of 14 questions (93 percent) asking for recurring exemptions to the revenue limit. (Results at this point are unofficial.)
Voters throughout Wisconsin showed continued strong support for new and better school facilities yesterday. According to media reports, voters gave their approval to at least 41 of the 44 (93 percent) of the referendum requests to borrow money for school improvements. (One result, in the Big Foot UHS district, is considered by some in the media to be too close to call, although “yes” votes lead “no” votes in unofficial results on that question.)
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues.
What’s on the ballot on Tuesday?
- Governor (which the Oct 31 Marquette poll showed to be a dead heat)
- 1 of 2 U.S. Senate seats
- Entire U.S. House delegation
- Half of state Senate (odd-numbered seats)
- Entire state Assembly
- Partisan constitutional offices (AG, State Treasurer, Sec. of State)
- School referenda and other local races/questions
Lost, perhaps, amidst all the focus on candidates in statewide races in the latest Marquette University Law School Poll released last week were results that suggest voters are more open to investing more for schools than they are for roads. Taxes and spending for schools and roads have been key issues in the race for governor.
On the broad question of state taxes and state services, 51 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would rather pay higher taxes and have state government provide more services, while 42 percent said they prefer lower taxes and fewer services from the state.
Continue reading Are schools and roads on a collision course when it comes to funding?
The newest Marquette Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin (pictured) on September 18 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. It featured K-12 education-related questions including the recurring question of increased school funding vs reducing property taxes:
Which do you prefer, increased school spending or reduced proper taxes? In new poll, 57% prefer school spending, 38% tax cuts. #mulawpoll
— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) September 18, 2018
This continues a trend of strong support for increased school spending: Continue reading MU Law Poll: continued strong support for increased K-12 funding
Following Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) August partisan primary election, we now know the candidates from each party who will be on the ballot in November.
In the governor’s race, Republican incumbent Scott Walker will face a challenge from State Superintendent Tony Evers, who won the Democratic nomination over a field of eight other candidates. Many observers predict education issues will feature prominently in that race.