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Walker: Republicans Have Budget Deal in Principle; JFC Co-Chairs Say Details Remain

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

From … Gov. Scott Walker said today Republicans have reached a deal “in principle” on the state budget that would include a partial repeal of the personal property tax, saying he expects to sign the budget by Sept. 22, when summer ends. But he also said there are “a few little details” that need […]

Evers to Announce for Governor on Wednesday

Monday, August 21st, 2017

State schools superintendent Tony Evers will formally announce his gubernatorial run Wednesday, making him the third Democrat to commit to a bid and the first statewide office holder to challenge GOP Gov Scott Walker. Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story here.

Recap of Senate Education Committee Hearing

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Senate Committee on Education held a public hearing on Thursday, August 17th on the bills listed below.  The SAA supported three of the bills, testifying on one of them, as noted below. Assembly Bill 280. Relating to: incorporating financial literacy into the curriculum of public schools.  SAA is neutral on the bill.  SAA and WASB […]

Schools Gear Up for New Year Without State Budget Finalized

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Check out this news story from Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal on how school districts are managing the uncertainty of starting the school year without a new state budget in place.  Numerous district administrators are quoted.

CPR in Schools Program Seeking Additional Schools for Training, School Kits

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The CPR in Wisconsin Schools Program, through funding provided by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP), is a joint effort between the Medical College of Wisconsin and Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) #7 in collaboration with the American Heart Association and a number of other Wisconsin-based groups. The program is […]

LFB Analysis of Foxconn Bill Raises Questions

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

From … Dems are demanding Republicans slow down deliberations on the Foxconn bill after a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis found the state’s break-even point, at best, would be fiscal year 2042-43. That’s if the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer creates 13,000 jobs at a planned $10 billion facility. But it would be “well past” 2044-45 […]

Energy Efficiency Exemption article; Wachs Announces for Governor

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

I was out of the office yesterday but wanted to make sure you all saw the news story on the energy efficiency exemption in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and also the news about Representative Dana Wachs’ announcement that he’s running for governor.  Check them out. Wach’s Announces for Governor:  Wisconsin State Journal Coverage Eau Claire […]

SAA Testifies on Firearm Education Bill

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

SAA Executive Director John Forester testified today for information only on Assembly Bill 427, relating to comprehensive firearm education for high school pupils.  The testimony was delivered at a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Education. At the same hearing, the SAA also registered its support for Assembly Bill 398, relating to summer school […]

Bill Repealing DOT School Bus Rule Signed Into Law

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Senate Bill 134, which would repeal a Department of Transportation rule prohibiting the purchase for use in school transportation of a school bus previously titled and registered in another state or jurisdiction if the bus is more than five years old, was signed into law by Governor Walker as Act 49.  The bill was authored […]

Fitzgerald, Vos Disagree Over Foxconn Bill Process

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

From … Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said it’s “more important” to get the state budget done, while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he thinks the Foxconn bill should be the priority. Vos added it would be “ideal” if the budget and Foxconn bills could progress concurrently, but Fitzgerald showed no interest in that […]

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