Draft bills reflecting a number of recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding are currently being circulated for co-signers. The action comes nearly five months after the Commission met at the State Capitol in December to finalize a set of recommendations to the Legislature.
Legislator members of the Commission met last month to decide which of the recommendations that had been put into bill form would be proposed for introduction. They also decided who will be the lead author(s) of each proposed bill.
This chart details the decisions made during that discussion. Continue reading School funding commission recommendations taking shape as legislation
Governor Tony Evers delivered his first budget address last night in conjunction with introducing his state budget proposal. Here are links to the Budget in Brief and the entire 2019-21 Executive Budget broken out by agency.
WASB staff are busy poring over the details that pertain to K-12 education. We will be releasing a series of posts here on the major K-12 provisions included in the Governor’s proposal.
Reactions to the proposal predictably fall along partisan lines as legislative Republicans have sharply criticized the plan and announced they will throw it out and work from current law funding levels. Continue reading Gov. Evers’ budget proposal introduced; reaction falls along partisan lines
Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:
Gov. Evers is expected to propose: Continue reading Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?
The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:
“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion. Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”
For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together
The GOP-controlled legislature is planning an extraordinary session to pass legislation while Gov. Scott Walker still holds office and before Gov-elect Tony Evers takes office on January 7, 2019. This could happen as soon as the week of Dec 3.
According to media reports (see: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal), several items are being discussed for the session: Continue reading No K-12 legislation being publicly discussed for extraordinary session…yet
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
Following a narrow defeat, Republican Gov. Scott Walker conceded Wednesday afternoon, signaling the beginning of an end to his eventful 8-year stint as Wisconsin Governor.
Walker will hand the reins to Democrat Tony Evers, the sitting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who defeated Walker in one of the closest gubernatorial races in recent state history. Gov. Walker offered the “full support of my staff and our cabinet” as Evers begins the transition process.
Continue reading Evers captures governor’s race, GOP keeps legislative control, two board members elected to Assembly