In my recent special session call, I proposed a balanced package of proposals to deploy some of the state’s projected revenue surplus to both renew our state’s historic, bipartisan promise of two-thirds funding for K-12 education in Wisconsin and provide meaningful property tax relief across the state. This package also included critical investments for students with disabilities, student mental health services, programming for American Indian students, rural schools, and summer school programs. Unfortunately, Republican leadership in the Legislature chose to dismiss these ideas without any discussion or public input, even though many of these proposals have previously received bipartisan support and were recommended by the 2017 Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
The budget I signed last year made a down payment on doing what’s best for our kids and what’s best for our state. Our projected revenue surplus presents the opportunity to continue our progress by investing in two-thirds funding-reversing years of underinvestment in our kids and K12 schools-while also proving meaningful property tax relief for Wisconsin families. We do not have to choose between funding for our kids and our schools and providing property tax relief-we can and should do both. I am ready and willing to work across the aisle to fund a compromise that will get to two-thirds funding while still providing tax relief and reducing our state debt. I am hopeful Republican and Democratic leadership in the Legislature will come to the table to get this done for the people of our state.
Referrals and Receipt of Committee Reports Concerning Proposed Administrative Rules
The committee on Health and Human Services reported and recommended:
Relating to the practice of pharmacy.
hist121161Referred to the joint committee for review of Administrative Rules, February 26, 2020.
The committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations reported and recommended:
Relating to standards of conduct.
hist121184Referred to the joint committee for review of Administrative Rules, February 26, 2020.
Relating to licensure.
hist121186Referred to the joint committee for review of Administrative Rules, February 26, 2020.