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Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

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.

To be clear, both of these investments have merit and the WASB membership has gone on record in support of both via Delegate Assembly resolutions.  Our position is that the legislature should prioritize and fund both. Continue reading Analysis Details Sparsity Aid Vs. Low Revenue Ceiling Impact

Budget Negotiations Stall as Assembly Focuses on Foxconn Incentives

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.

Continue reading Budget Negotiations Stall as Assembly Focuses on Foxconn Incentives

Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled

Sen. Fitzgerald

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.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is urging lawmakers to pass the state budget bill before voting on Foxconn legislation, while Assembly Republican leaders, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) , want lawmakers to take up the Foxconn bill before passing a new budget. Continue reading Budget Update: How to Proceed On Foxconn Bill Divides Senate, Assembly, Budget Still Stalled

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?

Comparing Senate, Assembly GOP K-12 Budget Plans

Here we compare the Senate Republican plan released on July 12 and the Assembly Republican plan released on June 6 on  some of the major K-12 provisions in the state budget bill and the WASB position on those provisions:

Per-Pupil Categorical Aid

Senate/Governor: Increase per-pupil aid $200 in 2017-18 and $204 in 2018-19.

Assembly: Increase per-pupil aid $150 in 2017-18 and $200 in 2018-19.

WASB: has supported the $200/$204 per pupil increase since it was first proposed by the Governor. Continue reading Comparing Senate, Assembly GOP K-12 Budget Plans

State Budget Impasse Continues…Voucher Expansion in the Works?

The state budget impasse continues after Senate and Assembly GOP leaders Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) had dueling press conferences June 27 blasting each other on funding for transportation. The last two major budget areas still left to be decided are K-12 education and transportation. Continue reading State Budget Impasse Continues…Voucher Expansion in the Works?

K-12 State Budget Update

Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Legislature will miss the budget deadline of June 30. The state’s new fiscal year begins July 1, but in Wisconsin, unlike at the federal level, if the budget is not signed before that date, expenditures continue at current levels.

Stein also reported: “Senate and Assembly leaders have reached a general agreement on increasing funding for rural school districts with small budgets. But there’s still no deal yet on other key disagreements such as transportation and taxes.” Continue reading K-12 State Budget Update