Senate GOP Leader Hopes to Restore Education Cuts

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says he and his fellow Republican senators want to restore much or all of the $127 million that was cut from public schools in the first year of the proposed state budget.

Sen. Fitzgerald said Friday at Marquette Law School that the precise amount will depend on updated revenue projections that will be issued in the next few weeks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Fitzgerald is optimistic that the new revenue estimates will be higher than current estimates.

He also says GOP senators want to increase K through 12 spending per pupil in the second year of the budget, but declined to specify how much because of uncertainty about the upcoming revenue estimates.

Sen. Fitzgerald believes the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee would address the public school funding issue early during budget deliberations.  The committee starts voting on the budget this week Wednesday and Friday.

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