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Assembly GOP announces budget-writing committee members

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has announced the Republican state Assembly members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC). Rep. Mark Born (pictured) returns as co-chair and Rep. Terry Katsma has been elevated to JFC vice-chair. We will report when state Senate GOP and Senate/Assembly Democrat members are announced. The JFC is a joint committee featuring 16 members, 8 from each house, with 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats.
The Assembly GOP members are:
  • Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) Co-Chair
  • Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) Vice-Chair*
  • Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls)
  • Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc)
  • Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek)
  • Rep. Alex Dallman (R-Green Lake)**

*-replaces Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) who opted against seeking reelection to run for secretary of state.
**-new member for 2023-24


Proposed resolutions for 2023 WASB Delegate Assembly are posted online

The Report to the Membership on Proposed 2023 WASB Resolutions has now been posted on the WASB website. You can find it here.

The report presents the resolutions that were advanced by the Policy & Resolutions Committee and will be considered by the WASB Delegate Assembly along with the rationale for each resolution. Other informational materials related to the Delegate Assembly are also posted on the WASB website.

The WASB Delegate Assembly will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 as part of the State Education Convention. 

Delegate packets with hard copies of this information will be mailed to all delegates and district administrators shortly.


Wispolitics: Vos offers to boost public school funding in return for “universal school choice”


— Robin Vos, fresh off his reelection as Assembly speaker, says he’s willing to boost education funding as Tony Evers wants but would insist the guv in exchange agree to universal school choice.

Vos, R-Rochester, told reporters after yesterday’s leadership election that he hasn’t yet defined what universal choice would entail.

The state has three voucher programs for Milwaukee, Racine and statewide that include income restrictions. There is also a limit in the statewide program on the percentage of a school district’s students that can participate. That limit is scheduled to hit 10 percent in 2025-26 before there is no longer a cap.

Vos said he planned to talk to his caucus to reach consensus before engaging the Senate and possibly Evers, the former state schools superintendent. The speaker noted the Legislature sent Evers a bill this session designed to boost reading scores only for him to veto it.

“If he wants more money for schools, we have to have some reform along the way. We can’t just write a blank check,” Vos said.

GOP legislative majorities elect leaders

The state Senate and state Assembly Republican legislators met to elect their leaders for the 2023-24 Legislative Session that begins in January. Legislative Democrats are expected to hold their leadership elections next week.

The results of the GOP leadership elections are below with the biggest changes in top leadership positions in the Assembly where former Majority Leader Jim Steineke did not run for reelection. (pictured: Sen. LeMahieu, Speaker Vos) (more…)

Wisconsin’s state and local tax burden: lowest level in at least a generation

From the Wisconsin Policy Forum: “As the pandemic and the resulting recession hit in 2020, Wisconsin’s state and local tax burden fell to its lowest level in at least a generation, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show. Despite the decrease in tax revenues as a share of income in Wisconsin, the state’s tax ranking compared to other states actually became somewhat less favorable. That’s likely due to tax collections in other states being hit harder by COVID-19. Wisconsin’s tax burden, however, remains below the national average despite the state receiving less from fees and federal aid.”

Read the report: State Tax Burden Drops Yet Again

This new report follows one released in November 2021 detailing that over the past 20 years, almost no state has seen a greater drop in its tax burden than Wisconsin, which also saw its ranking among states fall from fourth to the middle of the pack. Depending on how it is measured, the drop in Wisconsin’s state and local taxes as a share of personal income was the largest or nearly the largest nationally since 1999.