The state Assembly will take up this afternoon the school safety package introduced at the request of Gov. Walker and modified by the state Senate on Tuesday. Just what version the Assembly will be taking up remains a question, however.
While it appeared there was agreement on the issue, Assembly GOP leaders indicated yesterday (March 21) they were still discussing the issue with their colleagues and were considering making changes which would require the bill to go back to the Senate for their approval. According to Wispolitics.com: Continue reading Assembly to take up school safety package today amid differences with the Senate
Previously we posted about the potential impact on school funding of the lack of consensus between the governor and GOP lawmakers on how to fix the state’s transportation fund. Now the co-chairman of the state’s budget committee has released a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo detailing a $939 million shortfall in transportation funding in the next biennium (the amount the state would have to find to keep funding at current level).
State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) put out a statement that called for finding a sustainable solution to maintaining Wisconsin’s infrastructure and implored the governor to consider additional avenues of funding. Continue reading GOP Divided as State Transportation Fund Faces $1 Billion Shortfall
The 2015-17 state budget bill approved by the state Senate last night included several provisions of note:
- Teacher and Administrator Contract Renewal Timeline Changes
Working with legislative leadership offices, the WASB was able to get these problematic changes to hiring decision timelines for school districts removed from the budget bill by action on the Senate floor yesterday.
- Local Government Property Insurance Fund (LGPIF)
The phase-out of the fund was removed while the much higher premiums adopted by the state Insurance Commissioner (effective July 1) to keep the fund solvent are retained.
- Prevailing Wage
As noted in a previous post, as a result of language adopted by the Senate, prevailing wage law requirements will no longer apply to school district construction/maintenance projects. (These provisions take effect on January 1, 2017, and apply to any request for bids issued on or after that date. If a project is not subject to bidding requirements, these provisions apply to a contract that is entered into on or after that date.)
Continue reading WASB Gets Key Provision Removed; Property Insurance Fund Restored in Senate Budget
Assembly Republicans, led by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington), Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), Rep. Dan Knodl (R-Germantown), and Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) held a Capitol press conference today (June 29) to announce the details of a prevailing wage reform package (full bill draft).
The proposal would scale back the state’s prevailing wage laws and make a host of changes that include: Continue reading Assembly GOP Leaders Release Prevailing Wage Reform Plan
Saying they are responding to pressure from parents and teachers upset with the troubled roll-out of a new statewide test that students are taking this spring, Assembly Republicans will pass a bill (Senate Bill 67) next month ensuring the results aren’t used on school report cards or to evaluate teachers.
The announcement comes a month after the GOP-led Senate passed the bill with no opposition. The Assembly has been slower to act, leading to concerns and confusion among school officials. Continue reading Assembly Republicans to Pass Data Delay/Pause Bill