Category Archives: State Budget

Governor Evers signs state budget; provides roughly $85 million boost in per pupil aid

Concluding a state budget process that began in late February with Gov. Evers’ first budget address and the release of his proposal, the governor today signed the state budget into law with several partial vetoes.

For K-12 education, the biggest news is that, through the veto process, the budget now invests about $85 million more in per pupil aid to school districts compared to the version passed by the legislature.  The governor’s veto increases per pupil aid payments to a total of $742 per pupil in 2019-20 and 2020-21.  (Districts received a total of $654 per pupil  in 2018-19.)  Compared to the $25 per pupil increases in this aid in each year that were approved by the Legislature, the increase under the governor’s veto is $63 per pupil higher in 2019-20 and $38 per pupil higher in 2020-21.  As a result, districts will be able to increase their spendable revenues by $263 per pupil in 2019-20 and by $242 per pupil in 2020-21. Continue reading Governor Evers signs state budget; provides roughly $85 million boost in per pupil aid

WASB asks Gov. Evers to boost per pupil aid with partial veto

In a  letter to Gov. Evers sent this morning, the WASB asked the governor to use his partial veto authority to increase per pupil categorical aid payments to school districts by $25 per pupil in the 2019-20 school year.

Under the change requested by the WASB, per pupil aid categorical payments to public school districts would equal $704 per pupil in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Continue reading WASB asks Gov. Evers to boost per pupil aid with partial veto

Senate passes budget bill; heads to Gov. Evers

The state Senate concurred in the state budget bill today (June 26) as passed by the state Assembly. This clears the bill to head to Governor Tony Evers, who has the option to sign the bill as is, veto the bill in whole or in part, or allow it to become law without his signature by taking no action within the six-day review period (Sundays excepted) specified in the State Constitution.

The bill was approved 17-16 with GOP Sens. Steve Nass (Whitewater) and Dave Craig (Vernon) joined by all Senate Democrats in voting No. Continue reading Senate passes budget bill; heads to Gov. Evers

Assembly passes budget bill; Senate next

The state Assembly passed the budget bill on a 60-39 vote late in the evening of June 25 after 10 hours of floor debate.  GOP Reps. Brandtjen (Menomonee Falls), Gundrum (Slinger) & Ramthun (Campbellsport) joined all Assembly Democrats in voting No on the bill.

The Assembly added a last minute amendment that was designed to garner support from certain GOP Senators after two have already announced they intend to vote No. The amendment also modified language in the  bill to make it more difficult for the governor to use his powerful partial veto pen to alter the modified provisions.  The bill now heads to the state Senate and is scheduled to be taken up today (June 26) at 10am along with several other bills. Watch the debate LIVE on WisconsinEye. Continue reading Assembly passes budget bill; Senate next

Looking for budget information? Here’s where to find it.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has compiled and posted its summary documents comparing the Governor’s proposed budget with the budget version adopted by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  You can find the LFB’s comparative summary documents here, organized either separately by state agency or covering the full budget.

You can also find links to LFB documents — the full (all agencies) summary and the DPI only summary–on the WASB’s State Budget webpage, along with an updated version of the WASB Budget Chart reflecting the changes made by the JFC.

State budget debate this week; non-fiscal policy update

The state Assembly will act first on the state budget (Assembly Bill 56), beginning at noon on Tuesday, June 25 with the state Senate following the next day on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 am.   Major changes to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) budget are not expected, but some last minute changes have been discussed amid two GOP Senators announcing they did not support the JFC package. You can follow the budget debates LIVE on WisconsinEye. Stay tuned…

One side benefit of having different parties controlling the governorship and legislature is a dramatic reduction in the amount of non-fiscal policy jammed into the budget bill.  Non-fiscal item items often do not receive the attention and deliberation that a typical stand-alone piece of legislation would (some recent examples include changes to open records laws and voucher expansion). Continue reading State budget debate this week; non-fiscal policy update

Speaker: no major changes planned for budget despite Senate defections

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) says Assembly Republicans are not planning to make any major changes to the state budget when the Assembly takes up the bill next Tuesday, June 25.

According to Wispolitics.com, the Speaker mentioned only looking at ways to reduce the budget’s impact on property taxes and tweaking part of the transportation budget: Continue reading Speaker: no major changes planned for budget despite Senate defections