The state government will collect a half-billion dollars more in tax revenues over the next two years than what was previously expected. Republican legislative leaders say they want to give at least part of the windfall to public schools.
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau confirmed the extra revenue last week. A short time later, majority Assembly Republicans put out a statement in which they promised to support an increase in state school aid of 100-dollars per student.
Northwoods Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander added his name to the list. He says he gets calls about school aids on a daily basis....
".....clearly we have a school funding problem how it relates to these rural schools. A bunch of rural legislators got together and we signed onto a letter telling (Joint Finance Committee) that we request to add another $100 per pupil school aid especially for schools here in the north..."
Senate leaders have called for an increase of up to 200-dollars per student. Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren said yesterday that Republicans would find additional money to give to K-12 schools.
(Thanks for help, Wheeler News-Learfield Data)