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Vos: Sparsity Aid Proposal Won’t Clear Assembly

By John Forester | November 13, 2017

From WisPolitics.com . . .

While Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Vos tell WisPolitics some high-profile bills are a work in progress, Vos declared the guv’s sparsity aid package will not clear his house this session.

Assembly Republicans put a package in the budget to boost low-spending school districts by allowing them to collect more in property taxes. But Walker vetoed the plan due to his concerns over the impact on property tax bills.

Instead, Walker called on lawmakers to pump more state money into sparsity aid, which help small, rural schools. A plan authored by state Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, and Rep. Jeffrey Mursau, R-Crivitz, mirroring the sparsity aid package Walker included in his budget carries a price tag of $9.7 million.

Vos said the budget makes a “historic” investment in public schools and pointed out Assembly Republicans had a different approach to helping rural districts than the guv.

“We’re not going to go back and re-argue all of the battles we had in 2017 in the spring of ’18,” Vos said. “For the most part, that issue is put to bed and we’ll have the opportunity to come back in the next budget and discuss sparsity aid and low-spending school districts.”

Fitzgerald said he hasn’t discussed the bill with his caucus.

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