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Gov. Evers calls for investments in school mental health, special education and sparsity aid

by | Feb 6, 2020 | Legislative Update Blog, State Budget, State Issue | 0 comments

Gov. Tony Evers has called a special session of the legislature to take up a plan to invest a portion of state surplus funding on K-12 education. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“…Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has called for investing a portion of the state’s more than $400 million in extra tax revenue in increased education funding and a tax cut.

“On Thursday, Evers proposed a $250 million investment that would include a commitment to two-thirds funding in statewide K-12 and spending on school-based mental health and special education aid, which includes $10 million in sparsity aid. He also called for $130 million in property tax relief through the equalization aid formula.

“Evers also signed an executive order calling for the Legislature to take up the proposal in a Feb. 11 special session.”

Republican legislative leaders immediately panned the proposal:

This comes after Gov. Evers previously called a special session to help farmers. Last year, he called a special session on gun safety which resulted in no legislation being debated or passed.

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