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Urgent Budget Update

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

Good afternoon, Members: On Tuesday Governor Evers signed SB 330 into law.  This bill was the result of an overall budget compromise that Governor Evers struck with Legislative leaders from both houses.  This piece of policy was advanced outside of the normal budget process.  A summary of the overall budget compromise can be found here. […]

Education Omnibus Motion #103

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

This week the Legislature not only moved to approve a bill that both raised the low revenue limit ceiling and increased the amount of payments to voucher schools and independent charter payments.  This bill was advanced tangentially with the budget as part of the compromise Governor Evers and Legislative Leaders reached last week that included shared […]

Legislative and Budget Alert

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

Good morning members, As you know, things are progressing quickly in the Capitol after news broke last week that K-12 finance was negotiated as part of a larger conversation around shared revenue.  There are several committees’ meetings today that will impact the 2023-25 state budget.  While the Assembly committee on education is meeting on AB […]

Joint Committee on Finance to take up K-12 Budget Tuesday

Friday, June 9th, 2023

Good afternoon –It appears JFC will be taking up the K-12 Budget on Tuesday.  If you have time over the weekend or Monday morning, please reach out to your legislators to express the needs of your district. Please see my previous blog post to review the results of the negotiations between the governor and legislative leaders. […]

Literacy Legislation

Friday, June 9th, 2023

Early yesterday, Representative Joel Kitchens and Senator Duey Stroebel introduced literacy and reading legislation that is tied to the $50 million set aside in the budget compromise also introduced later in the day.  The proposal would focus primarily on our youngest learners in grades K-3.  It directs schools to use phonics and the science of […]

Budget Compromise Announced

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

Today, Governor Evers and GOP legislative leaders announced they had reached a deal on a shared revenue package for local governments which included a deal on K-12 education funding in conjunction.  The compromise package includes over $1 billion in spendable revenue for public school districts. While all the details on the overall package will be […]

Upcoming Education Committee Hearings

Friday, May 19th, 2023

Next week the Senate Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Tuesday (05/23) on two pieces of legislation. Senate Bill 115: Requirement to add one-half credit of personal financial literacy as a high school graduation. Under current law, a school board may grant a high school diploma to a pupil only if the pupil meets […]

Joint Finance Committee Update

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Joint Finance Committee update from Wispolitics.com: The Joint Finance Committee resumes its work on the state budget today. The agenda includes Circuit Courts, the Supreme Court, District Attorneys and the Public Defender. It’s the first committee meeting since the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released revised revenue projections yesterday.  The state is still projected to finish this […]

Joint Finance Begins Executive Sessions

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

The listening sessions held by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) across the state concluded last week in Minocqua. Thank you so much to everyone who time from their busy schedules to attend or submit testimony.  In each hearing the support for K-12 public education was strong, our messages were consistent and the individual district stories […]

Reminder: Last Budget Listening Session

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th, the last 23-25 state budget hearing hosted by the Joint Finance Committee will convene in Minocqua.  By the end of the day, the portal through which to submit written testimony will close.  Please consider submitting your written testimony before the window closes tomorrow. https://legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments/submit-comment/. You should also consider sending a copy […]

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