Disagreements over education may delay state budget


MADISON- State Republicans are still embroiled in budget arguments. Much of the disagreement regards state funding of K-12 education. Republicans in the Senate and the Assembly have been fighting over education throughout the budget process, with issues like tax levying authority for rural districts and per-pupil funding raising intense disagreements.

If the budget is not passed by June 30th, then the legislature will have to go into a special session to approve a plan. Some lawmakers, like Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), are not particularly concerned. Loudenbeck said on Monday “If it takes a little longer, so be it.”


Austin Montgomery at Beloit Daily News reports:

When it comes to paying for schools in Wisconsin’s next budget, Assembly Republicans appear to be in a stare-down with Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Republicans.

And, so far, no one is blinking.

Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette and co-chair of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), along with Clinton Republican Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, also a JFC member, met with Beloit Daily News journalists on Monday to discuss education funding. Nygren, Loudenbeck and Assembly Republicans are pushing their own plan over Walker’s original budget proposal.

Disagreements over how schools are funded in the state could delay a budget vote, and there’s also speculation a transportation budget will remain outside the budget for separate consideration. State lawmakers have a deadline of June 30 to approve a budget, or go to a special session to approve a fiscal plan.

Read more at Beloit Daily News.