Evers to propose freezing voucher and charter school enrollments

Governor Tony Evers is expected to include in his state budget plan this week proposals to freeze the number of students attending private voucher and charter schools, place tougher teacher certification standards on private schools accepting students with special needs, and abolish the law that allows Milwaukee Public Schools to be taken over by private entities.

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Legislative Update: February 22

Governor Tony Evers will introduce his state budget Thursday, February 28. In addition to school funding, he has teased out key themes including dental care, clean water, and women’s health. He’s also on record this week saying his budget will seek more money for local roads, not big highway projects. His plan will also include measures to decriminalize possessing, manufacturing or distributing 25 grams or less of marijuana. As Evers prepares for Thursday, Republican legislators are introducing some of their own budget initiatives – including measures they say will improve community safety.

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Legislative Update: February 15

The GOP tax bill has made its way to Governor Tony Evers’ desk, but is drawing opposition from the governor and others. Also, Governor Evers this week unveiled a plan for $70 million in clean water initiatives and another plan to ensure access to dental health care. It’s expected that we’ll hear more about his health care plans next week, and other bits and pieces of the budget he’ll hint to leading up to the budget unveiling on February 28. You can expect the budget rollout to last a few weeks into March – so stay tuned for opportunities to turn out to support public school funding as the governor makes the rounds across Wisconsin. We’ll likely also see some more listening sessions, in addition to the Joint Finance Committee hearings.

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Legislative Update: February 8, 2019

On the same day Governor Tony Evers formally announced the middle-class tax cut plan he campaigned on, Republicans passed their own proposal (AB 4/SB 18) through committee along party lines, and it passed the Joint Finance Committee Thursday. The Assembly is set to vote on it Tuesday, and Friday Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hinted at negotiating. The Senate’s next floor session is Wednesday. Read more about this and other activity at the State Capitol.

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Tony Evers sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor

Former State Superintendent Tony Evers was sworn in Monday as Wisconsin’s 46th governor, and he immediately called for fully funding schools at every level. In his inauguration address, Governor Evers said, “We need to fully fund our public schools at every level, so that every kid in our state has access to a quality education—no matter what the zipcode—from all-day pre-k to our university and technical college systems.” He also reiterated his campaign pledges to make sure health care is affordable and accessible to everyone and to develop “sustainable solutions to our transportation crisis.”

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Legislative Update – January 4, 2019

As Wisconsin prepares for the inauguration of our next governor on Monday, Tony Evers continues to announce his appointees. They include the appointment of Department of Public Instruction head Carolyn Stanford Taylor, who will fill out Evers’ term until 2021. Also notable are: State Rep. Peter Barca as Secretary of the Department of Revenue; State Sen. Caleb Frostman as Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development; Dawn Crim as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services; Andrea Palm as Secretary of the Department of Health Services; Emilie Amundson as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families; and Brian Pahnke as Budget Director.

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