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The Joint Finance Committee Gets an A on School Funding
As Dan O’Donnell writes, a $2.6 billion federal windfall means the JFC was right to use state money elsewhere instead of on another massive increase in education spending.   Read More The Joint Finance Committee Gets an A on School Funding
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Dane County Public Health’s School Closure Order “Unlawful, Unenforceable”
The Wisconsin Supreme Court delivered a ruling that says local public health officials do not have statutory authority to close schools for a public health emergency: only the Department of Health Services can do that. The Court also ruled that Dane County's Public Health Official violated religious liberties by closing all Dane County schools, including religious private schools, to in-person learning.   Read More Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Dane County Public Health’s School Closure Order “Unlawful, Unenforceable”
Budget Blog: How Much Land Does Government In Wisconsin Need To Own?
Stewardship vote today How much government-owned land is enough in Wisconsin? 20%? 30%? 50%?   The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is scheduled for a vote today in the Joint Committee on Finance. The Finance Committee is finishing up its work on Governor Evers’ 2021-2023 state budget proposal. There is speculation that Republicans on the Finance Committee …
Prove it! Evers Doesn’t Believe Employers On Labor Crisis
WATCH - Gov. Tony Evers says there's no data to prove people would be better off working, or even that they would work, if Wisconsin ended the $300 a week unemployment bonus. He says employers are seeking "a solution to a problem that may not exist."  Read More Prove it! Evers Doesn’t Believe Employers On Labor Crisis
Wisconsin’s Top Issue: Labor Crisis or Equity?
WATCH - Senator Devin LeMahieu says the labor crisis is the top issue facing Wisconsin. Gov. Tony Evers says the top issue facing Wisconsin is equity and inclusion. What do you think?  Read More Wisconsin’s Top Issue: Labor Crisis or Equity?
The K12 Budget’s Maintenance of Effort Problem
WATCH - Does Wisconsin stand to lose out on $1.5 billion for K12 funding after last week's JFC vote? Republican members of JFC are confident it won't be a problem?  Read More The K12 Budget’s Maintenance of Effort Problem
Budget Blog Update: JFC Votes On K12 And Higher Ed Funding
  Republicans Count Massive $2.6 Billion Of Federal Aid Towards Funding Of K12 Schools   Democrats And Education Establishment Outraged That More State Aid Wasn’t Heaped On Top Of The Federal Aid   Republicans Did Add $109 Million Of State Aid To K12 Special Education – Evers  Wanted To Increase Taxes By Billions, Already Nixed …
Budget Blog: Education Funding To Be Voted On Tomorrow
  Will Legislature Give Another Massive Spending Increase To K12 Education?   Or Will Legislature Back Out State GPR And Replace It With Massive Amount Of Federal Aid Like Gov. Doyle Did?   Expand School Choice Income Eligibility To Open Up Popular Program To More Parents?   Ban Critical Race Theory In K12 Education?   …