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

by | Jul 5, 2023 | Legislative Update Blog, State Budget

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 for the next 400 years until the year 2425.

In the 2017-19 state budget, Gov. Scott Walker used a similar veto tactic to convert a one-year moratorium on school district’s ability to utilize a revenue limit exemption for energy efficiency projects into a 1,000-year moratorium (a veto that was challenged and ultimately upheld by the state Supreme Court).

How this was accomplished is illustrated below:

Original text: For the limit for the 2023−24 school year and the 2024−25 school year, add $325 to the result…

Veto: For the limit for the 2023−24 school year and the 202425 school year, add $325 to the result…

Enacted: For the limit for 2023-2425, add $325 to the result..

This is done in several sections of the bill to achieve the intended effect. 

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