More than three-quarters of Wisconsin school districts are receiving less state funding than they did six years ago before Governor Walker took office, according to a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis released by Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
The analysis also shows that 49 districts lost more than half of their general aid during that period.
“This report highlights the challenges facing local schools and families as a result of misplaced Republican priorities that favor the wealthy and special interests,” Shilling said. “Republicans have used their power to repeatedly cut school funding in order to shift more state dollars to their special interest allies. It’s time to stop shortchanging our children and start investing in our state’s future.”
Shilling said the cuts have come at a time when the state is providing millions in new tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. Recent reports, she noted, have highlighted Republican tax breaks for companies that have since outsourced Wisconsin jobs as well as new tax breaks that will give 11 millionaires a combined $21 million in tax breaks next year.
“Republican tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy have come at the expense of Wisconsin’s schools and children,” said the Senate Democratic Leader. “Millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to subsidize companies that have outsourced Wisconsin jobs while school districts are forced to cut teachers, increase class sizes and rely on referendums to maintain outdated buildings. These latest numbers show just how devastating an impact Republican cuts have had on our local communities.”
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Shilling says Republicans continue to prioritize tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy