Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders downplayed the state’s record budget surplus, even as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has pushed for massive spending increases on K-12 education, tax cuts and funding for local governments.
Did the 2017-19 Wisconsin budget represent ‘the biggest increase in state history for public education?’
Yes. The 2017-19 biennial budget was the largest dollar and percent increase in per-pupil funding in state history, according to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Wisconsin’s estimated budget surplus tops $7 billion
Wisconsin’s projected state budget surplus is now forecast to reach $7.1 billion by July, up more than half a billion dollars from the previous estimate just two months ago.
Wisconsin Gov. Evers promises a tax cut, compromise to increase funding
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers pledged to compromise with Republican lawmakers to increase funding for schools and local governments.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers meets with mayors of Wisconsin’s 5 largest cities
Gov. Tony Evers met with the mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities behind closed doors for about an hour on Wednesday, one of the first official acts of his second term.
Gov. Tony Evers pushes for legal abortions, expanded Medicaid
Gov. Tony Evers plans to outline a largely liberal agenda in his second inaugural address Tuesday, while calling for working together on issues that have long divided Republicans and Democrats — including protecting abortion rights, expanding Medicaid, legalizing marijuana and fighting water pollution.
Wisconsin Republicans, Evers set to clash on budget
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans who control the state Legislature are poised to clash with newly reelected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over tax cuts, how to fund local governments and whether to expand the private school choice program to wealthier families. But even though Evers and Republicans are on opposite sides of issues like abortion […]
Does the Wisconsin GOP oppose all public school funding?
No. Republicans who control Wisconsin’s Legislature have routinely passed funding for the state’s public schools, most recently in the 2021–23 biennial budget. However, many Republican plans for education funding have been in conflict with Democrats’ goals.
Last-minute surprises and secretive moves hide Wisconsin lawmakers’ actions from public view
Anonymous budget amendments and ‘Body Snatcher’ bills give power to special interests and change the scope of legislation with no chance for public input.
The state budget, by the numbers
The biennial state budget is, in theory, fundamentally about numbers. So here are some numbers from and about the 2013-15 budget as crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature.