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DPI releases July 1 preliminary general aid estimates

Per Wisconsin law, DPI today released its estimate of the equalization aid public school districts will receive in the 2024-25 school year. Equalization (or general aid), is the largest form of state aid that public schools in Wisconsin receive and it is designed with...

LFB: Tax collections exceeding projections; State general fund update

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released updated tax collection numbers and a report on the status of the state's general fund heading into the 2025-27 state budget debate. The fund still contains a healthy balance primarily because the governor and legislature...

Senate votes to override Gov. Evers partial veto that raised per pupil revenue limits, and passes three bills affecting WI schools

Resuming session today for the first time since the passage of the State Budget, the Senate voted along party lines to override the partial veto of Governor Evers that raised per pupil revenue limits for the next 402 years. Republicans hold 2/3rds of the chamber,...

Senate will attempt to override Governor Evers’ veto that raised per pupil revenue limits for the next 402 years

This Thursday, the GOP led Senate will attempt to override some of Governor Evers' partial vetoes used in the 2023-25 Budget. One of the partial vetoes under threat was used to raise per pupil revenue limits by $325 annually for the next 402 years.  In Wisconsin, it...

Office of School Safety secures funds to maintain operations for 2023-24 school year

From an OSS press release: Attorney General Josh Kaul today is announcing that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) has secured one-time funding to temporarily continue it’s current, lifesaving operations to keep Wisconsin kids safe....

Gov. Evers’ vetoes leave state with $4 billion surplus

Primarily by rolling back tax cuts proposed by legislative Republicans, partial budget vetoes by Gov. Tony Evers leave the state with a projected $4 billion surplus according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.  From Wisconsin Public Radio: In the end, Republicans gave...

GOP preparing to sue/propose constitutional amendment over partial veto on public school funding; Former Govs. weigh in

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Republicans are preparing to sue over Gov. Evers' partial veto that increased public school revenue limits for the next 400 years after the 2023-25 budget cycle.  From Wispolitics.com: "When you say he has the broad authority, that is...

Governor’s veto would provide annual $325 per pupil revenue limit increases for next 402 years

Utilizing partial veto "creativity" similar to that of former Gov. Scott Walker, current Gov. Tony Evers struck year numbers, letters and words to create annual school district revenue limit increases of $325 per pupil for each year of the 2023-25 biennium and then...

Gov. Evers signs budget into law with numerous partial vetoes

Governor Tony Evers today signed a state budget he labelled "imperfect and incomplete" with over 50 partial vetoes of particular line items. Related to K-12 education provisions, the governor used his veto to provide $325 per pupil revenue adjustments into future...

Assembly approves budget bill, advances to Gov. Evers’ desk

The Assembly late last evening approved the $98.7 billion two-year state budget on a 63-34 party line vote. As with the Senate, no changes were made as all Democrat amendments were rejected and the bill now heads to Gov. Evers for potential vetoes. The governor can...

 State Budget Resources

Joint Finance Committee

SENATE

ASSEMBLY

Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green)
Senate Co-Chair
 

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 316 East
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-0703

Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam)
Assembly Co-Chair

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 308 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9139
(888) 534-0039

Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)
Senate Vice-Chair

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 18 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-7513

Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) Assembly Vice-Chair

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 304 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9126
(888) 529-0026

Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma)

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 415 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-2509

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls)

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 324 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9130
(888) 529-0030

Sen. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 409 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-0751

Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc)

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 320 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9150
(888) 534-0050

Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point)*

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 8 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-3123

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek)

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 306 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9121
(888) 534-0021

Sen. Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay)*

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 104 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-5670

Rep. Alex Dallman (R-Green Lake)*

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 321 East
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9141
(888) 534-0041

Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee)

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 106 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-2500
(877) 474-2000

District Phone:
(414) 313-1241

Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 112 North
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9118
(888) 534-0018

Sen. Kelda Roys (D-Madison)*

Senate District Map

Madison Office:
Room 130 South
State Capitol
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Telephone:
(608) 266-1627

Rep. Tip McGuire (D-Kenosha)*

Assembly District Map

Madison Office:
Room 321 West
State Capitol
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Telephone:
(608) 237-9164
(888) 534-0064

*-indicates new committee member for the 2023-24 session.

Spendable Resources vs. Inflation

The chart shows how allowable per pupil spendable resources–measured by annual per pupil revenue limit adjustments and increases in per pupil categorical aid—have consistently lagged inflation.

The green bars show the per pupil inflation adjustment that would have been provided each year had inflationary adjustments continued-as they had from 1995-2009.  The blue bars show the per pupil adjustment (if any) that was actually provided.  The red bars show the cumulative per pupil impact of the failure to adjust school resources for inflation.

The chart illustrates that if Wisconsin had simply maintained the previously allowed inflationary adjustment, our public school districts would have had $3,160 more per pupil available in the 2022-23 school year (and that’s not factoring in high inflation the past two years). Click the title to view the full image.

Capitol Chat Webinar - Fridays at Noon

The Capitol Chat is a short(er) webinar hosted by the Government Relations staff primarily focused on the state budget. These webinars are typically held at noon on Fridays during odd-numbered years. A limited number of past Capitol Chat’s are available for free here.

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