With Projected Revenues Up, Republicans Want More K-12 Funding


Some Assembly Republicans say they will push for an increase in funding for K-12 education.

That’s in light of a memo today by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau showing that the state will have an additional $500 million in tax revenues to spend or save.

Joint Finance Committee Co-chair John Nygren (R-Marinette) said today in a joint news release with other Republicans that he wants to use some of that money for a $100-dollar-per-student increase in general aid to schools. John Ashley, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, says public schools deserve more.

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“I certainly hope that the legislature follows Senator Ellis’s recommendation to increase the spending by $200. That would really help just in terms of dealing with inflation for our school districts.”

Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) is calling for a per-pupil increase of $200. Democratic leaders Senator Chris Larson and Representative Peter Barca would like to see the entire $500 million surplus go toward public education.