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Special Education Talking Points

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

In response to member requests, I have put together some additional talking points on the importance of increasing special education categorical aid in the 2019-21 State Budget.  These talking points were designed to address several issues including: Legislators not adequately understanding how special education services are funded. Legislators pushing back against the Governor’s proposed increase […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s third of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in River Falls.  The SAA was well-represented with superintendents Jamie Benson (River Falls), Patrick Olson (New Richmond), Bruce Quinton (Pepin), Joe Zydowsky (Menomonie), Mark Luebker (Osceola) and John Humphries (Thorp) providing testimony.  CESA 6 Administrator Jerry Walters […]

Notes from JFC Hearing

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Yesterday, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s second of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in Oak Creek.  The SAA was well-represented with superintendents Keith Posley (Milwaukee) and Deb Kerr (Brown Deer) providing testimony.  Deb Kerr was also joined by a team of Brown Deer administrators.  The following business managers also provided […]

MU Poll: 74% Favor “Major Increase” in Special Education Aid

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

According to the Marquette University Law School Poll released today, 70% of respondents say the state should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage while 23% say no. 74% favor a “major increase” in state aid for special education while 19% say they do not.  Check out the coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Reminder — Moving Expenses Now Taxable Wages

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

From the Legal Side . . . BoardmanClark provided the SAA with the following information regarding how moving expenses are handled under the new tax law passed at the end of 2017.  We think this is important information for SAA members and we are posting it with the permission of BoardmanClark. “The new tax law […]

Evers and Legislative Leaders are Barely Talking

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

I found this news story about the current lack of engagement between Governor Evers and GOP legislative leadership interesting.  Check it out.

Notes from JFC Hearing

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Last Friday, April 5th, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s first of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in Janesville.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Rick Waski (Monroe), Pat DeKlotz (Kettle Moraine), Steve Pophal (Janesville), Pam Streich (Lake Mills), and Jill Underly (Pecatonica).  Business managers Brad […]

School Referendum Results

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

From The Wheeler Report: Please see below the School Referendum Results from around the state compiled by The Wheeler Report from DPI data.  The results can be summarized as follows: 26 Referendums to Issue Debt (16 Passed, 10 Failed) 7 Referendums to Exceed the Revenue Cap on a Recurring Basis (6 Passed, 1 Failed) 26 […]

Testifying At JFC Hearings

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

As you know, beginning this Friday, April 5, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold 4 public hearings on the Governor’s 2019-21 State Budget.  Those hearings include: Friday, April 5, Pontiac Convention Center, Janesville. Wednesday, April 10, Oak Creek Community Center, Oak Creek. Monday, April 15, University Center – Riverview Ballroom, UW-River Falls. Wednesday, April […]

JFC Hearings: Who Plans to Testify?

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

As you know, beginning next Friday, April 5, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold 4 public hearings on the Governor’s 2019-21 State Budget.  Those hearings include: Friday, April 5, Pontiac Convention Center, Janesville. Wednesday, April 10, Oak Creek Community Center, Oak Creek. Monday, April 15, University Center – Riverview Ballroom, UW-River Falls. Wednesday, April […]

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