2023-25 State Budget
Capitol Chat Update
The Capitol Chat is a short(er) webinar hosted by the Government Relations staff on the state budget and other legislative updates at noon on Fridays.
Stay tuned for new Capitol Chat announcements as we get closer to the 2023-24 legislative session.
- 12/15/22: Legislative Update posts added
WASB Legislative Update Posts
- 12/12/22: Governor announces 2023 State of the State Address, 2023-25 Budget Message dates
- 11/21/22: State’s potential budget surplus projected to be nearly $6.6 billion
- 10/14/22: Record state surplus confirmed, should enable more school funding in next state budget
- 9/15/22: John Ashley statement on DPI budget request
- 9/15/22: DPI submits $2.5 billion state budget request for schools
- 9/6/22: Governor, State Supt. release K-12 state budget priorities
Official Budget Documents
State School Funding vs. Inflation
The below 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 the annual inflationary adjustments that were allowed from 1995-96 through 2008-09.
In sum, the green bars show the per pupil inflation adjustment that would have (should have?) been provided each year (had inflationary adjustments been continued). 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 received $3,160 more per pupil in the current (2022-23) school year (and that’s not factoring in the current high rate of inflation).
Here is a video from one of the WASB fall regional meetings in which Chris Kulow explains the chart: