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Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding, Property Tax Relief

By John Forester | February 6, 2020

Governor Tony Evers this morning called on the Legislature to meet in special session and act on LRB-5625, legislation that would use $250 million dollars of Wisconsin’s anticipated budget surplus to recommit Wisconsin to two-thirds state funding for K-12 education, boost funding for special education and school-based mental health, and provide $130 million in property tax relief through equalization aid.

Evers call comes as GOP legislative leaders are leaning toward cutting taxes with the $452 million in anticipated budget surplus.  When asked about the Evers education package earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) indicated he didn’t believe legislative Republicans were interested in going in that direction.

The Governor’s package includes the following:

An estimated district by district breakdown of the additional $79.1 million for special education funding can be found here.

An estimated district by district breakdown of the 83 eligible districts for the Tier Two of Sparsity Aid can be found here.

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