Legislative Update – April 13

WEAC budget overview updated … Bill seeks to reduce number of union representatives from Council on Worker’s Compensation … Prevailing wage bill circulating … Minimum hours of instruction introduced as separate bill … Farm-to-school coordinator elimination gets attention … Committee holds hearing on outcomes-based funding … August sales tax holiday proposed … Hearing held on UW Regents, WTCS Board appointments … and more.

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Legislative Update – April 11

Prevailing wage bill circulating … Bill would make it a crime to offer someone a bribe of employment for not seeking office … Are you ready for the next wave of budget hearings? … Democratic Budget Hearings on Saturday, April 22 … 83 policy items pulled, but bad proposals still exist … Bill would require legislative party caucuses to follow the open meetings law … Republicans to take caucus vote on Constitutional Convention.

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Legislative Update – April 10

Budget hearings ‘up north’ next week … Democratic Budget Hearings on Saturday, April 22 … Proposal would increase funding for special education … Action Alert opposes “performance-based funding” for technical colleges … Democratic bill would require referendums on voucher school spending … Republicans to vote on Constitutional Convention

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Legislative Update – April 7

Joint Finance pulls minimum number of instruction hours and project labor agreements … Assembly Education Committee recommends pupil data inventory bill … Governor may be OK with changing proposal to force districts to follow Act 10 for student aid

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Democrats propose taxpayer oversight of voucher spending increases

Four Democratic legislators plan to introduce legislation requiring a referendum to pass before voucher schools can take state aid out of a public school district. “Schools districts across Wisconsin are forced to go to referendum time and again just to keep the lights on in schools that have served generations of Wisconsinites very well,” said Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Delta). “Our bill would give property taxpayers the final say on whether they want to be on the hook for tax dollars taken directly out of public schools to fund voucher operations.”

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Legislative Update – April 6

Joint Finance says they’ll work off governor’s budget – for the most part … Joint Finance Committee public hearings … School referendums … New voucher spending bill in the works … Broadband grants

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