State Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) returns as chair of the Senate Committee on Education. Sen. Olsen is a former Berlin school board member and has chaired the committee every session the GOP has controlled the Senate since being elected in 2004. He was also chair of the Assembly Education Committee from 1997-2003.
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has announced the standing committees (including several new ones) for the state Senate in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session as well as the chairs. Vice chairs and the remaining committee members have not been announced yet. The new session begins on January 7, 2019.
A set of 19 option papers on various school funding topics has been released by the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay). (See pictured at left).
The options presented in the papers, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) in consultation with the co-chairs, will form the basis for the Commission’s discussions when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19. (See previous post.)
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.
Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee postpones final votes, but adds provisions affecting schools
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold what is expected to be its final meeting on December 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 412 East of the State Capitol in Madison. You can watch the meeting LIVE on WisconsinEye.
Commission members will be discussing and finalizing the Commission’s recommendations for improving the school funding formula based on testimony received at previous public hearings. No public input will be heard at this meeting. Continue reading Final meeting of Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding set
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding is expected to meet sometime between now and the Christmas holiday to review the recommendations each member of the Commission brought forward and to try to come to a consensus on what official recommendations the Commission will make. Watch the Legislative Update blog for updates on the scheduling of this meeting. Continue reading December meeting of school funding commission anticipated; WASB recommendations to the commission
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
The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding held the last of eight scheduled public hearing in Madison on June 4. The Commission heard from invited speakers about how Wisconsin’s school funding system ranks nationally and then took input from the public.
The Commission’s co-chairs, state Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), mapped out the committee’s next steps at the close of the hearing. They plan to meet individually with each member of the commission over the next couple of months, accompanied by staff from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Together they will to go over what each member believes needs to be done to reform school funding and then work to draft proposals. The Commission will then come together once more as a group to finalize its proposals before making its recommendations to Governor Walker and the legislature. Continue reading School funding panel holds final hearing; Thanks to all school leaders who testified