Wisconsin Assembly Republicans to release education plan

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 7, 2017

Budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says he is hopeful the panel can meet on Thursday.

Today Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in the same statement: "The Assembly package that was endorsed today is simply not the direction that this budget is headed".

Under the Assembly education plan, property taxes on a median-valued home would be $2,842 in each of the next two years, according to a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau sent to Nygren last week.

"So my hope is, in the end we'll get a budget that's closer to where we're at", Walker said. The "it", of course, is the state biennial budget.

The Assembly Republicans also proposed getting rid of Walker's requirement in his state budget proposal to tie the new funding to whether a district is requiring its staff to pay at least 12 percent toward health care costs. The Assembly has put forward alternative transportation and education proposals.

Speaker Robin Vos outlines the Assembly GOP education plan.

Walker, speaking to reporters in Wisconsin Dells, said because the Assembly Republicans' plan reduces his new spending and doesn't reduce property taxes below 2014 levels, it "goes at odds with what our top two priorities are".

The Assembly's education budget gives more state aid to the lowest-spending school districts.

The leaders of the Legislature's finance committee are reiterating their opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to shift the state to a self-insurance model but promised to find the $60 million that Walker says the move would yield elsewhere.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has pitched a compromise meant to break an impasse over the budget that he says won't please everyone.

He said it "levels the playing field" between districts that were spending at a low rate when state lawmakers imposed caps on how much districts could raise property taxes in 1993 and districts that were spending at a higher rate then.

"Isn't that a wave of the white flag that they don't have ideas?" said Nygren, the lead Assembly budget negotiator.

Assembly Republicans also met in caucus Tuesday, Capitol insiders told MacIver News Service.

Kelly also said lawmakers should focus on the budget first.

Unless something dramatically changes, the JFC will not meet this week, as originally scheduled.

Walker offered his plan Monday after he said legislative negotiations had stalled.

Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, a member of the Joint Finance Committee, called the Assembly road trip a "dog and pony show". "Those that don't believe that we're in a crisis, I don't live in their world", he said. They don't want to increase revenues, through gas taxes or otherwise. "He said immediately he's going to be a rubber stamp for Walker", said Vos. It would be unprecedented. "I submitted a compromise because I didn't see one".

"This is certainly about as bad as I've ever seen it", said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. But we must all give a little to ensure a viable plan is in place well before July 1.

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