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WSJ: Republicans shouldn’t risk $1.5B for Wisconsin schools

by | Jun 7, 2021 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog, State Budget | 0 comments

An editorial from the Wisconsin State Journal

“Wisconsin ranks near the bottom of states — 45th out of 50 — in harnessing money from Uncle Sam, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“So why is the Republican-run Legislature — again — risking if not snubbing federal dollars from Washington that taxpayers here deserve, given all the money Wisconsin citizens pay the IRS?

“It doesn’t make fiscal or common sense.

“The Legislature’s budget committee is playing a potentially costly political game by failing to abide by federal rules for receiving an estimated $1.5 billion — with a “b” — for Wisconsin schools.

“We understand that many Republican leaders in Wisconsin disagree with Democratic President Joe Biden’s priorities and enormous spending plans. America’s deepening debt, under the current and previous presidents, will burden our children and grandchildren.

“But this money has already been approved to address the lost year of learning during the pandemic. So Wisconsin should graciously accept it for our students.”

Read the full editorial here.

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