May 22, 2019
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers met Wednesday with Republican legislative leaders to talk about K-12 education funding, as advocates for public schools rallied behind the governor’s proposed 10 percent increase amid GOP skepticism.
Republican senators were meeting privately Wednesday to discuss what they could support and Assembly Republicans planned an afternoon news conference to announce their position. The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee planned to vote Thursday on how much money to give to schools.
Education funding is the single largest item of state spending in the budget, currently taking up about a third of all money allocated. Evers’ $83.5 billion state budget included fulfilling his campaign promise to increase state aid for K-12 schools by $1.4