Category Archives: State Budget

Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together

The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:

“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion.  Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”

For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together

Final recommendations of school funding panel released

The final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding was released Jan. 7 by co-chairs Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).

The report was compiled by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau staff and contains the Commission’s recommendations for school funding reforms in 13 different areas.  Continue reading Final recommendations of school funding panel released

School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

When the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held its final meeting  on Dec. 19, it was clear that the voices of school leaders who testified at hearings held around the state and those who submitted written comments were heard. As Commission members worked their way through option papers on various school funding topics, the stories school leaders told were frequently cited.

See Statements from the co-chairs: Rep. Kitchens; Sen. Olsen

In the same way school leaders advocated effectively to persuade the legislators who were members of the Commission, now it will be time for school leaders to advocate with their own legislators to ensure these vital recommendations become law. Continue reading School voices heard by commission but the real work is just beginning

Governor-elect holding budget listening sessions this week

Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes are hosting budget listening sessions across the state in advance of taking office on January 7, 2019 and subsequently proposing a state budget early in 2019.

See the Wispolitics.com links below for more information on registration and locations:

Monday, December 17th

– 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Gov.-elect Evers, Lt. Gov-elect Barnes: “Building the People’s Budget” tour. Superior. Continue reading Governor-elect holding budget listening sessions this week

Option papers released for final Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding meeting

A set of 19  option papers on various school funding topics has been released by the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay). (See pictured at left).

The options presented in the papers, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) in consultation with the co-chairs, will form the basis for the Commission’s discussions when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (See previous post.)

Fiscal memo on state general aid for school districts released

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memo outlining state general aids paid to public school districts.

The LFB memo, entitled 2018-19 General School Aids for All School Districts, provides information on each district’s aid membership, equalized value per member, shared cost per member, and equalization aid eligibility.  In addition, the memo details the amount deducted from each public school district’s aid allocation to pay per pupil amounts to independent charter schools authorized by the City of Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Parkside under s. 118.40 (2r), Wis. Stats. Continue reading Fiscal memo on state general aid for school districts released

Fiscal memos on state support for school districts, school levy tax credit released

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has released its annual memorandum providing information on the estimated percentage level of state support for K-12 education statewide and for individual school districts in the 2015-16 school year.

The memo estimates the state share of K-12 education in 2017-18 was 64.90 percent of partial school revenues, the same method used to calculate state support when the statutes mandated that state provide two-thirds of school costs.  That two-thirds funding mandate was in effect from 1996-97 school year through the 2002-03 school year.

Continue reading Fiscal memos on state support for school districts, school levy tax credit released