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JFC sets vote on K-12 funding for Thursday, May 23

The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will meet in Executive Session to vote on K-12 education funding in the 2019-21 state budget on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Room 412 East, State Capitol.  View meeting notice.

The committee will work from budget papers (see below) prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB).  Those budget papers deal with specific subjects–e.g., revenue limit adjustments,  per pupil categorical aid, special education categorical aid, etc.  The budget papers provide background information and typically lay out a series of alternatives for the committee to consider on each topic. Continue reading JFC sets vote on K-12 funding for Thursday, May 23

New state revenue estimates up sharply, but increase is mostly one-time money

Yesterday, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated revenue estimates indicating the state will end the 2017-19 budget cycle with an estimated ending balance of $928.7 million, $312.2 million higher than had been forecast earlier.

That is positive news as the additional revenue could be used to increase state aid to schools. However, because most of the additional $753 million in state revenue will be collected in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, achieving such aid increases will require strong advocacy from school leaders, parents and other education proponents.

In a memo to the JFC Co-Chairs, the LFB said: “Based on our review of collections data and the economic forecast, we now believe that general fund taxes will be higher than the previous estimates by $592 million in 2018-19, $68 million in 2019-20, and $93 million in 2020-21. The three-year increase is $753 million, or 1.5%.” Continue reading New state revenue estimates up sharply, but increase is mostly one-time money

JFC action on educational technology

As mentioned in our previous post, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted on several educational technology budget provisions today.

The JFC approved the Governor’s twin recommendations to extend the sunset of the IT infrastructure grant program to June 30, 2021 and to reduce the amount awarded under the IT infrastructure grant program from $7.5 million per year to $3 million per year.

The JFC also approved the Governor’s recommendation to eliminate the technology training grant program, which had been funded at $1.5 million per year.

As a result of today’s votes, funding for these two TEACH grant programs  will decrease from $9 million per year to $3 million per year, in line with the governor’s recommendations.

JFC continues voting on budget; next up is educational technology

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will be voting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14) on a number of items in Governor Evers’ proposal related to educational technology and the TEACH program.  Among them are proposals that would:

1) Eliminate TEACH Educational Technology Training Grants.

2) Transfer $24 million in federal e-rate funding meant for schools and libraries to the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program.

3) Continue TEACH Infrastructure Grants until 2021 but reduce funding for thee grants from $7.5 million to $3 million per year. Continue reading JFC continues voting on budget; next up is educational technology

JFC votes to strip Gov. Evers’ proposals from state budget

The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines to remove key provisions of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal on Thursday, May 9.  As we have mentioned, the action creates a $1.4 billion revenue hole from what the governor proposed and effectively kills any chance of anything close to the $1.4 billion funding increase proposed by Gov. Evers for K-12 schools.

Republicans in the legislature have been up front from the time the governor’s proposal was introduced that they were not going to raise taxes, were opposed to Medicaid expansion, and were not on board with the level of increased funding proposed for K-12 schools.  This action makes that official and key JFC members spoke of only being interested in providing inflationary-level increases for public schools. Continue reading JFC votes to strip Gov. Evers’ proposals from state budget

Executive sessions? Budget motions? JFC voting procedures described

Last week, when the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-Chairs announced plans to adopt a budget motion removing more than 130 items proposed by the governor from further budget deliberations, they signaled the difficulty the governor’s budget, and his proposals for K-12 education funding, will face. The WASB is working to preserve as much of a funding increase for public schools as possible. While it is uncertain at this point exactly what K-12 funding items will pass, we do know how the JFC will proceed with its consideration of the budget bill.

As we cover the JFC’s work on the state budget, we’ll be using terms like executive sessions, budget papers and budget motions.  What do those terms mean and why are they important? Continue reading Executive sessions? Budget motions? JFC voting procedures described

WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Republican lawmakers’ proposed changes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan would create a $1.4 billion hole in the plan over the next two years, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal bureau.

“That roughly matches the amount by which Evers wants to increase state spending on K-12 schools, in another sign that GOP lawmakers will not embrace that proposal. Republicans already said last week that they won’t build from Evers’ overall spending blueprint.

Continue reading WSJ: GOP changes create $1.4 billion hole in Governor’s budget plan