Category Archives: Federal Issue

WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress

Last week, members of the WASB Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of our Wisconsin Congressional delegation and their staff and discuss WASB’s concerns and priorities for federal legislation affecting K-12 public schools.

It was a vital time to be on Capitol Hill as Congress worked on funding legislation to avert a federal government shutdown and to begin finalizing 2018 fiscal year funding as well as making preparations to take up the fiscal year 2019 budget. Continue reading WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress

President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%

On Monday (Feb. 12), President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018.  This is the second budget proposal of his presidency, and, in many ways, it resembles the budget he proposed last year.

The latest plan would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s budget for fiscal 2019 by about $3.6 billion or roughly 5.3 percent compared to current levels.  While significant, this represents a smaller cut than what the president sought for fiscal 2018, when he proposed cutting $9.2 billion—or 13.5 percent—from the Education Department. Continue reading President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%

Federal Tax Overhaul Could Bring Significant Changes to K-12 Education

As the U.S. House and Senate work to reconcile their differing versions of a federal tax reform plan, one thing appears certain: significant changes are ahead for our nation’s schools.

If you’re curious about how provisions in the federal tax overhaul bill might affect K-12 students and schools, this brief, 4-minute audio report from National Public Radio provides a concise summary of the key changes proposed by Congress likely to impact public K-12 schools and their students.

 

U.S. Senate Passes Tax Code Reform Legislation

Early Saturday morning (Dec. 2) the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 along partisan lines to pass its version of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).  The plan, as passed, could add one trillion dollars to the federal debt over the next decade, which many education leaders fear could trigger calls for a significant reduction in spending for federal programs, including those that support K-12 education.  Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives, passed its own version of the tax reform legislation. Continue reading U.S. Senate Passes Tax Code Reform Legislation

U.S. House Passes Tax Code Overhaul Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a mammoth federal tax reform plan yesterday on what was essentially a party-line vote.  The final tally on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was 227 to 205, with all but 13 Republicans voting in favor of the measure and all Democrats voting against it.

The massive overhaul package, which would slash taxes for businesses and corporations and makes numerous tax changes for individuals, would also increase the national debt by up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

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WASB Board of Directors Adopts 2018 Legislative Agenda

The 2018 WASB Legislative Agenda has been approved by the Board of Directors and is now posted on our website. The agenda outlines the top priorities for the Government Relations (GR) team to focus on in our advocacy efforts during the coming year.

The Legislative Agenda is approved annually in November by the WASB Board of Directors and is guided by the Resolutions adopted by the Delegate Assembly. Continue reading WASB Board of Directors Adopts 2018 Legislative Agenda

Key House Committee Begins Deliberations on Federal Tax Reform Package

The House Committee on Ways and Means convened this afternoon in a  “markup” session to begin consideration of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a tax reform package that would slash corporate income tax rate and some individual income tax rates and raise the standard deduction, offsetting the cost by eliminating some cherished itemized deductions. The legislation is the first draft of a bill for tax reform and is expected to be under consideration by the Committee throughout this week with many possible amendments likely to be taken up.   (A markup session is the name given to when a Congressional committee or subcommittee meets to debate, amend or rewrite a bill. The committee has the option of either accepting or rejecting the final version of the bill that comes out of the markup session.)

Several of bill’s provisions would likely impact school districts in a negative way.  These include:

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