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.
In a State Capitol bill signing ceremony, Governor Scott Walker signed a raft of bills into law yesterday, including two education bills the WASB supported.
Assembly Bill 664, authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), prohibits the Department of Health Services (DHS) from requiring a mental health clinic or a licensed treatment professional to designate a school site as a clinic office in order to provide outpatient mental health services at the school. It also requires DHS to provide Medical Assistance reimbursement to licensed treatment professionals for mental health services provided at a school, to the extent federal law allows such reimbursement, regardless of whether the school site is designated as a clinic office and regardless of whether the licensed treatment professional is employed by, a contractor of, or affiliated with a clinic. State Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) also played a key role in developing this legislation. It is Act 294.
Assembly Bill 824, (pictured above) authored by Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), adjusts sparsity aid eligibility to allow the Crivitz and Spring Valley school districts to continue to receive sparsity aid payments this year, without reducing sparsity aid payments to any other qualifying district. This new law also permanently raises the current 725 pupil cap on school district membership for sparsity aid eligibility to 745 pupils, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. This legislation was also co-authored by Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) and Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). It is Act 305.
2.41 Modification of Revenue Limits The WASB supports legislation altering the revenue cap to allow for the needs of individual districts with respect to the requirements of their programs, including: (1994-11)(1995-3)
(r) The WASB supports allowing districts to levy taxes outside of revenue limits for per-pupil expenditures for transportation above the state average per-pupil expenditure for transportation as well as for increases in fuel and utility costs and costs for energy conservation efforts, including those which involve capital maintenance. (2007-4) (2009-4) (2012-05)Continue reading WASB Opposes Elimination of Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Exemption→
In a draft memo being circulated for support from legislative colleagues, state Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) and state Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), are proposing legislation to end the school district revenue limit exemption for energy efficiency projects.