As we mentioned in a previous post, a group of rural Republican legislators recently announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of seven pieces of legislation aimed at creating opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
These bills are scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Mining and Rural Development Committee:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Assembly Bill 793 Relating to: the teacher loan program. This bill expands eligibility for an existing student loan forgiveness program to teachers employed in rural school districts as defined by the bill. ( The WASB will likely register in support of this bill.) Continue reading Rural Wisconsin Initiative Bills Scheduled for Public Hearing Thursday
A group of rural Republican legislators led by Reps. Ed Brooks (Reedsburg), Romaine Quinn (Rice Lake), and Travis Tranel (Cuba City) announced the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, an initial package of seven pieces of legislation that they hope will jump-start a conversation on opportunities in out-state Wisconsin.
The plan includes bills that will boost funding for broadband expansion grants, increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants, expand a student loan repayment program for rural teachers, and encourage expanded STEM education programs among others.
To view the full plan or offer suggestions, visit www.RuralWisconsinInitiative.com
The state Assembly sent the two-year $72.7 billion state budget to Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday, giving him just enough time to sign it before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday.
The budget passed 52-46, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the budget. The budget was not changed from what the state Senate passed 18-15 Tuesday.
The Assembly Republicans voting against the budget were Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls, Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, James Edming of Glen Flora, David Heaton of Wausau, Scott Krug of Nekoosa, Lee Nerison of Westby, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, Warren Petryk of Eleva, Keith Ripp of Lodi, Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah.
Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) was absent. Continue reading Assembly Passes Budget; Heads to Governor Walker