Legislative Update

Legislative Update

  • Governor Evers supports public schools, educators in his first State Budget Address

    Governor Tony Evers Thursday night unveiled a state budget increasing state funding of public K-12 schools by $1.4 billion over the next two years, requiring that teachers receive preparation time as part of their workday, and achieving two-thirds state funding of education without raising property taxes.  In addition, he made the case for higher educator pay, ...
  • 59 school referendums totaling nearly $1.2 billion are on April 2 ballot

    On April 2, Wisconsin residents will vote on 59 school referendums totaling nearly $1.2 billion. That is on top of more than $2 billion in school referendums approved by voters last year, including $1.37 billion in November. Read More...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • WEAC Legislative Update – February 1

    Foxconn dominated headlines this week as company officials told national reporters they were shifting focus. Governor Tony Evers stepped up to lead, and Foxconn officials are now assuring that nothing’s unraveling. Read all about Foxconn and other developments at the state Capitol in the WEAC Education Advocacy Update. Read More...
  • WEAC Legislative Update – January 25

    A letter was sent to Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs asking to withdraw Wisconsin from the ACA lawsuit after lame duck laws took away the governor’s power, Gov. Evers reaffirmed his call for the state to pick up two-thirds funding of K-12 education, and a pre-existing conditions bill is lingering in the Legislature. Get caught up ...
  • WEAC Legislative Update – January 18

    From Governor Tony Evers’ first State of the State Address next Tuesday to a win for early voting, the WEAC Legislative Update has you covered. Here’s what you need to know. Read More...
  • Legislative Update – January 17

    Governor Tony Evers met this week with the joint Republican caucus. Among topics addressed, Republicans say Medicaid expansion is a non-starter, while Evers is holding steady. Evers said he doesn’t plan to make changes to the jobs agency, WEDC, in this budget but will keep a close eye on things. Read all the updates from ...