6/19/17 – Wisconsin’s lowest spending rural school districts could get some extra state money to resolve at least one sticking point in developing a new state budget. Senate G-O-P Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says his members are still deciding how much to put in to help the state’s most financially struggling schools keep going. One of the goals is to avoid a general property tax increase, after Governor Scott Walker said he would veto any budget that raises local taxes. But Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the state might not able to afford the extra money the Senate’s talking about. The G-O-P majority has been haggling about school aid and transportation funding, as the current state budget is due to expire in 12 days — but if an agreement is not reached by then, state spending will continue at current levels until a new two year budget is finalized.
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