Friday, July 7, 2017

State Budget Update: Still No K-12 Education Vote

The standstill over the state budget continues. Assembly and Senate Republican leaders are still trying to reach a deal on transportation and K-12 education funding. In an attempt to bring an end to the budget standstill, Governor Walker announced this week that he would be willing to reduce the level of borrowing in the state's transportation budget by $200 million but reiterated his commitment to passing a budget without a gas tax or fee increase.

While transportation funding has dominated most of the news coverage, legislators are also trying to reach agreement on the K-12 education budget. One news outlet reported this week that Republican leaders are negotiating "whether, and how much, to raise income eligibility limits for parents who want to send their children to a private school through the voucher program." 

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