Legislative Update – December 13 – School funding commission to hold first meeting

A new commission tasked with studying and forwarding recommendations on the way Wisconsin funds schools will hold its first meeting Thursday. The Department of Public Instruction and Legislative Fiscal Bureau are slated to address the panel, chaired by Senator Luther Olsen and Representative Joel Kitchens. The commission is expected to take testimony from education stakeholders in the coming months. Read more about the commission.

Student loan reimbursements. It’s uncertain how much a bill circulating to reimburse student loan debt for individuals moving into Wisconsin rural counties from out-of-state would cost taxpayers, a state office has determined. The bill, SB614/AB730, would provide student loan reimbursements to those who, for at least six months, have been domiciled in a “rural county,” which the bill defines as a county that does not include a metropolitan statistical area as delineated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. To qualify, the person must have lived outside Wisconsin for at least five years, be employed on a full-time basis and not receive any public assistance benefits.