With the 2017-19 state budget now more than a month and a half overdue, increasing attention is being paid to the impact the delayed passage of the budget will have on schools, as evidenced by this Wisconsin State Journal article.
In a recent memo to members of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has outlined the impact of the delay on various state school finance calculations for the 2017-18 school year, for public school districts, as well as private choice schools and independent charter schools.
A new analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau and provided to the WASB by Capitol sources shows the impact on school districts statewide of shifting from Governor Walker’s proposed increases in sparsity aid to an increase in the low revenue ceiling which was first proposed by the state Assembly. The impact amounts to shifting proposed resources from districts that would qualify for sparsity aid under the governor’s proposal to giving historically low spending districts the opportunity to catch up with higher revenue districts by raising revenue locally.
According to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee plans to meet on the Foxconn incentive bill on Tuesday, August 22 with the state budget to follow that week.
.@SenFitzgerald: JFC will likely hold a hearing on Foxconn bill Aug. 22, JFC could meet the rest of the week to finish state budget.
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says negotiations with the state Assembly on the state budget and Foxconn incentives legislation have stalled. Fitzgerald spoke to Capitol reporters and said the Assembly is moving forward on the Foxconn bill without input from Senators and he is not sure he has the votes to pass it in his house. He also restated the Senate’s priority of completing the state budget first and then working on the Foxconn incentives. We previously posted on reports that the budget committee would not be able to meet until the week of August 21 at the earliest.
Gwyn Guenther of theWheelerReport.com reported on her podcast (Wheelercast #8) that because of scheduling conflicts the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will likely not be able to meet again to take up the remaining parts of the state budget and the Foxconn incentive bill until the week of August 21st. Summer post-budget is typically when many lawmakers are on family vacations or travelling to national conferences to network with colleagues from other states.
While the GOP Senate and Assembly have disagreed on whether the budget or Foxconn bill should be taken up first, it is likely that both will move forward concurrently.
With passage of the 2017-19 state budget now more than a month overdue, the Republican leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have found another thing on which they don’t agree: how to move forward with Governor Scott Walker’s proposed special session legislation to provide tax and other incentives to close the deal to bring Taiwan-based tech giant Foxconn to Wisconsin.
Two mandates that were initially proposed by Gov. Walker and subsequently removed by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) as non-fiscal policy have been restored in the budget plan released by the state Senate GOP.