Updated: The state Senate voted 19-14 to pass the state budget and send it to Gov. Walker after he agreed to certain vetoes to gain the support of Senate GOP holdouts Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).
Read More: Scott Walker strikes deal with Republican holdouts as Wisconsin Senate passes budget (Cap Times)
Continue reading Senate Approves State Budget Bill With Gov. Walker Veto Deal
The state Assembly passed the state budget bill late last night on a vote of 57-39 with all Democrats and five Republicans (Reps. Scott Allen of Waukesha, Janel Brandtjen of Menomonee Falls, Bob Gannon of West Bend, Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake and Joe Sanfelippo of New Berlin) voting NO on the bill.
The bill now goes to the state Senate where a Friday vote is planned even though they are currently short of the 17 needed votes to pass it. Continue reading Assembly Passes State Budget Bill; Senate Support Uncertain
The Joint Finance Committee wrapped up its work on the state budget last night. As part of that final session, the GOP JFC members approved a significant expansion of special needs vouchers as well as a final wrap up motion that included a provision on special needs open enrollment payments (see below).
The budget now heads to the Assembly for a floor vote on Wednesday, Sept. 13 with a Senate vote expected soon afterwards. After an identical version passes both houses, Gov. Scott Walker has the opportunity to use his powerful veto pen to make final modifications. The Legislature has the power to override any veto with a two-thirds majority vote by both houses. Continue reading Budget Committee Wraps Up Budget Work
The WASB testified today in support of Senate Bill 127 relating to career and technical education incentive grants. The bill is authored by state Senator Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac, pictured) and was heard before the Senate Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues Committee today (May 24) at the state Capitol.
The WASB also testified in support of the Assembly companion bill, Assembly Bill 192, authored by state Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) during a public hearing in late April. Both bills must now be voted out of their respective committees before advancing to the full Senate and Assembly. Continue reading Career & Tech Ed Grant Bill Has Public Hearing
Join school board members and administrators from around the state on March 15 to take our message to the Capitol! With the legislature beginning their review of Governor Walker’s budget proposal, it is an ideal time to talk with your local legislators about public school budget priorities.
With many interests competing for scarce budget dollars, school leaders need to make their voices heard. This time we have the advantage of the governor proposing a significant increase to schools in his budget and we need to make sure the legislature knows how important that investment is to our schools and the students they serve.
The 2017 Day at the Capitol makes it easy. The WASB will schedule meetings with legislators for you and provide talking points in advance to help you prepare. Register Today! Here is the day’s agenda: Continue reading March Advocacy Tip: Attend WASB Day at the Capitol
A bill to repeal the existing state statute that prohibits Wisconsin public school districts from beginning the school term prior to Sept. 1 has been introduced as Assembly Bill 103.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).
No information is available at this time on when the bill may be scheduled for a public hearing. Continue reading School Start Date Bill Introduced
Governor Scott Walker has introduced his budget proposal (See: Budget in Brief and Executive Budget documents) and WASB staff are busy poring over the details that pertain to K-12 education. We will be releasing a series of posts here on the major K-12 provisions included in the Governor’s proposal. In the meantime, here is a brief reminder of the state budget process and timeline.
Continue reading Governor’s State Budget Proposal: Budget Process Timeline