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Legislative Council study committees wrap up work (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts taking a closer look at legislative study committees that recently completed their work on topics related to taxes, K-12 education and public schools.

This time we’ll examine the work of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices (a/k/a the “dark store” study committee), which met for the last time last week and voted to recommend three bills for the Joint Legislative Council to introduce in the 2019-20 session.   Continue reading Legislative Council study committees wrap up work (Part 2)

Legislative Council study committees wrap up work

In a series of posts, we’ll take a closer look at several study committees that recently completed their work on topics related to K-12 education and public schools.

We’ll start with the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia, which met for the last time in mid-December and voted to recommend two draft bills for the Joint Legislative Council to introduce in the 2019-20 session.

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“Dark Store” study committee postpones final votes, but adds provisions affecting schools

Yesterday (Dec. 11), the Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices met to discuss three bill drafts making changes to the property tax assessment process, none of which would close the so-called “dark store” or “Walgreens” tax loopholes.

Although Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), the study committee’s chair, had hoped yesterday’s meeting would be the study committee’s final meeting, study committee members raised many questions and proposed several amendments to each bill draft.

One bill draft considered yesterday —LRB 0485/1—directly concerns school boards.

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“Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

A special study committee created to try to curb a practice that has resulted in shifting property taxes from “big box” retailers and pharmacy chains onto homeowners and small businesses may hold its final meeting tomorrow and a measure affecting schools is on its agenda.

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices has thus far not to be able to resolve key differences among its members over what to do about these practices that have handcuffed local property assessors and municipalities.  The study committee is set to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 11) in Room 412 East, State Capitol. Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time

Study committee proposes dyslexia specialist & guidebook

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia met to finalize two bill drafts and three informal recommendations on December 4 in the State Capitol.  The committee will forward the bills and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council who will decide whether to advance the bills to the full legislature.

The first proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to hire a dyslexia specialist beginning in the 2019-20 school year with certain duties and qualifications laid out in the legislation. Continue reading Study committee proposes dyslexia specialist & guidebook

School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election.  Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval.  Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6

Committee studying Common School Fund to meet Nov. 14

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the  Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds will hold its next meeting Nov. 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., in Room 411 South, State Capitol.

The School Trust Funds under study by this committee include the Common School Fund, which provides the income from which Library Aids for public school libraries are generated.

The materials for this meeting  have been posted to the committee’s webpage, including the minutes of the committee’s October 11, 2018 meeting.