Category Archives: State Budget

Summary of budget provisions related to libraries & technology

The  information below describes provisions in the governor’s 2019-21 state budget proposal related to school libraries and educational technology.  It was compiled by the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA).  WEMTA is an independent professional association serving school library media and instructional technology professionals. Continue reading Summary of budget provisions related to libraries & technology

Executive sessions? Budget motions? JFC voting procedures described

Last week, when the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-Chairs announced plans to adopt a budget motion removing more than 130 items proposed by the governor from further budget deliberations, they signaled the difficulty the governor’s budget, and his proposals for K-12 education funding, will face. The WASB is working to preserve as much of a funding increase for public schools as possible. While it is uncertain at this point exactly what K-12 funding items will pass, we do know how the JFC will proceed with its consideration of the budget bill.

As we cover the JFC’s work on the state budget, we’ll be using terms like executive sessions, budget papers and budget motions.  What do those terms mean and why are they important? Continue reading Executive sessions? Budget motions? JFC voting procedures described

WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Republican lawmakers’ proposed changes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan would create a $1.4 billion hole in the plan over the next two years, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal bureau.

“That roughly matches the amount by which Evers wants to increase state spending on K-12 schools, in another sign that GOP lawmakers will not embrace that proposal. Republicans already said last week that they won’t build from Evers’ overall spending blueprint.

Continue reading WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan

WASB sends letter outlining budget positions to legislators

The WASB GR staff recently compiled a letter to legislators outlining K-12 education provisions, some of which have been relatively under the radar, of the governor’s budget that we support.  We focused on the provisions that were not on the list of items that the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced they were not going to consider.

As always, our positions on each of these items is based on WASB resolutions approved by the Delegate Assembly.

Continue reading WASB sends letter outlining budget positions to legislators

Major initiatives in Gov. Evers K-12 budget will not be considered by budget committee

Late yesterday, the Co-Chairs of the state legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee (JFC), Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), released a memo detailing the budget process moving forward as well as the items from the governor’s proposal that will be excluded from consideration.  This list (see below) should not be confused with items identified by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) as non-fiscal policy items. Those items are marked with an asterisk* in the list below.  Reasoning for why particular items are being removed is not given. Continue reading Major initiatives in Gov. Evers K-12 budget will not be considered by budget committee

Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will soon begin formulating its own version of the state budget.  The JFC could begin taking votes on its version of the budget as early as next week.  The GOP holds 12 of the 16 seats on the committee because they hold majorities in both the Senate and Assembly.

They reportedly plan to hold executive (voting) sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the two houses of the Legislature are not meeting in scheduled floor sessions. No indication yet as to when K-12 education funding will be taken up. Continue reading Joint Finance Committee will soon begin voting on budget provisions

Budget listening sessions offer another way to “get your lawmaker’s ear”

Testifying before the Joint Finance Committee isn’t the only way to advocate for your district and students on the state budget.

You can also attend a budget listening session, where you can meet with your legislator in a small group (or sometimes even in a one-on-one) setting.

The WASB staff found announcements of the following upcoming listening sessions:
(Note:  These were all “upcoming” at the time this information was originally posted.) Continue reading Budget listening sessions offer another way to “get your lawmaker’s ear”