Gov. Tony Evers has called a special session of the legislature to take up a plan to invest a portion of state surplus funding on K-12 education. From the Wisconsin State Journal:
“…Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has called for investing a portion of the state’s more than $400 million in extra tax revenue in increased education funding and a tax cut.
“On Thursday, Evers proposed a $250 million investment that would include a commitment to two-thirds funding in statewide K-12 and spending on school-based mental health and special education aid, which includes $10 million in sparsity aid. He also called for $130 million in property tax relief through the equalization aid formula.
“Evers also signed an executive order calling for the Legislature to take up the proposal in a Feb. 11 special session.”
From expanding mental health services to increasing funding for special education, to renewing the state’s commitment to two-thirds funding, many of these proposals have not only been introduced before, but they have received bipartisan support. pic.twitter.com/0ivwk0n3kz
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) February 6, 2020
Republican legislative leaders immediately panned the proposal:
Senate Republicans have been focused since late last year on using our surplus for a tax cut for hard-working families, and the governor knows that. I don’t see us budging off that position. It appears that the teachers’ unions are the ones calling all the shots in the East Wing.
— Scott Fitzgerald (@SenFitzgerald) February 6, 2020
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when there’s a surplus, Republicans look to return those dollars to the hardworking taxpayers of the state. Democrats are fixated on growing the size of government, which they know we won’t do.
— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) February 6, 2020
This comes after Gov. Evers previously called a special session to help farmers. Last year, he called a special session on gun safety which resulted in no legislation being debated or passed.