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Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

Senate committee membership for the 2019-20 legislative session has been announced. As we reported previously, former Berlin school board member state Senator Luther Olsen is returning as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education.

Former Assembly Reps. and newly elected Senators Dale Kooyenga and Kathy Bernier are new to the committee as well as former Somerset school board member Patty Schachtner, who was elected in a special election last year.  Below is the full committee roster and the school districts they represent. If you are a board member or administrator in one of these districts you are in a prime position to influence committee action on K-12 legislation this session. Continue reading Senate education committee: new members and the school districts they represent

UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee

The 16 members of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been set by legislative leadership.  Each house (Senate & Assembly) have 8 members each with 6 members from the majority party and 2 from the minority party.  Both houses have GOP majorities heading into the 2019-20 legislative session.   Continue reading UPDATED: New members appointed to powerful legislative budget committee

Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged

The four legislative caucuses recently met to elect their leadership teams and, on the whole, there were not many changes from last session.

Lawmakers new to their leadership posts are marked *.

Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as Majority Leader and Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) as President.  Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) returns as Senate Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  Also elected to the Senate GOP leadership team are Sens.: Continue reading Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged

Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), the leaders of each house of the Wisconsin Legislature, today announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding to be chaired by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) (pictured at left from the Legislative Advocacy Conference).   WASB Government Relations Director Dan Rossmiller has been appointed to the commission.

The press release announcing the formation of the commission indicates, “The commission will hold its first meeting this month. Beginning next year, the commission will travel around the state conducting public hearings to learn more about school funding issues in Wisconsin.  Recommendations will be given to legislative leaders before the end of the session.” Continue reading Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding

Co-Chair: Budget Committee Plans to Take Up K-12 Aug. 28

State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), told UpFront with Mike Gousha that the committee plans to take up K-12 education on August 28.  It was not clear if she meant on Monday, Aug. 28 or that week as committees typically do not meet on Mondays. We will keep you up to date here as more information becomes available.

See our previous posts on the most recently released negotiated positions, the impact on school districts of increasing sparsity aid vs. increasing the low revenue ceiling and the possible effects of a late state budget on schools. Continue reading Co-Chair: Budget Committee Plans to Take Up K-12 Aug. 28

State Budget Remains Stalled—What’s Holding It Up?

Typically, the state Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), comprised of eight senators and eight representatives, begins its review of the governor’s budget in February and completes its work in late May or early June.  Then comes floor debate in the two houses and the completed budget is sent to the governor for his review and signature (or vetoes).  If all goes well, this process is completed by July 1.

This year, however, the JFC not only hasn’t completed its review, it hasn’t met publicly since June 15, and it isn’t clear when the committee might meet again to wrap-up its work on the state’s two-year taxing and spending blueprint. Continue reading State Budget Remains Stalled—What’s Holding It Up?

State Legislative Leaders Negotiating on K-12 Budget

The Assembly Co-Chair of the state’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) said today in a press conference that state Assembly and state Senate leaders are making progress in closed-door meetings on K-12 provisions in the state budget.  Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette, pictured) said the meetings were productive and he thought they could come to agreement rather quickly. Along with Rep. Nygren, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) also participated in the negotiations on the Assembly side.  Wispolitics.com reported that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Senate JFC Co-Chair Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) were also involved in the meetings.

Rep. Nygren said he was hopeful that K-12 funding would be taken up by JFC next week. We have previously posted on the competing K-12 plans each house has been advocating for: Details Emerge on Senate GOP K-12 PlanAssembly GOP Releases Sweeping K-12 Funding PlanNew Assembly School Funding Proposal Creates State Budget Impasse