Reminder — Moving Expenses Now Taxable Wages

By John Forester | April 9, 2019

From the Legal Side . . .

BoardmanClark provided the SAA with the following information regarding how moving expenses are handled under the new tax law passed at the end of 2017.  We think this is important information for SAA members and we are posting it with the permission of BoardmanClark.

“The new tax law passed at the end of 2017 changed the taxation of the reimbursement of an employee’s moving expenses. Previously, an employer could reimburse an employee for qualified moving expenses and the reimbursement would not be subject to income or employment taxes.  Under the new tax law  and starting as of January 1, 2018, any amounts paid as a reimbursement of an employee’s moving expenses are subject to income and employment taxes. These amounts would be included as taxable wages on an employee’s W-2. Employers can still reimburse reasonable moving expenses but the employer should make sure that all amounts reimbursed are treated as taxable wages subject to income and employment tax.”

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Evers and Legislative Leaders are Barely Talking

By John Forester | April 9, 2019

I found this news story about the current lack of engagement between Governor Evers and GOP legislative leadership interesting.  Check it out.

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Notes from JFC Hearing

By John Forester | April 9, 2019

Last Friday, April 5th, the Joint Finance Committee held it’s first of four public hearings on the 2019-21 state budget bill in Janesville.  The SAA was well-represented with the following school superintendents providing testimony:  Rick Waski (Monroe), Pat DeKlotz (Kettle Moraine), Steve Pophal (Janesville), Pam Streich (Lake Mills), and Jill Underly (Pecatonica).  Business managers Brad Boll (Beloit Turner) and Jamie Merath (Evansville) also provided testimony.  Many thanks to these SAA members for their leadership.

Rick Waski Testimony

Pat Deklotz Testimony

Pam Streich Testimony

Jill Underly Testimony

Brad Boll Testimony

For those of you planning to testify at one of the remaining hearings, here are my suggestions:

Once again, we need a strong showing at the remaining JFC budget hearings.  If you have questions about testifying please call me at 608-242-1370.

Here are the upcoming hearing locations and times:

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School Referendum Results

By John Forester | April 3, 2019

From The Wheeler Report:

Please see below the School Referendum Results from around the state compiled by The Wheeler Report from DPI data.  The results can be summarized as follows:

District Name Total Amount Type Brief Description
Albany

Passed

$2,750,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of an addition and renovations
Baraboo

Passed

$41,700,000.00 Issue Debt Additions, renovations, and capital maintenance projects at Jack Young Middle School; and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Clinton Community

Failed

$41,995,000.00 Issue Debt New 4K-6 building, renovation to accommodate 7-8 at the existing high school, related furnishing and equipment, capital maintenance, agriculture and tech ed expansion, related equipment, disposing of existing elementary and middle school sites
Deforest Area

Passed

$125,000,000.00 Issue Debt Issue debt in the amount of $125,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of a school
building and improvement project consisting of construction of a new intermediate school and maintenance building on District owned land in the Village of Windsor; renovation of
Yahara Elementary School; renovation of DeForest Area Middle School, including a portion to be remodeled as the District Office; renovation and expansion of DeForest Area High School; site improvements; and acquisition of furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Deforest Area

Passed

$2,500,000.00 RR – 2019 To exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $2,500,000 starting in the 2019-2020 school year and thereafter for recurring purposes consisting of operating the new intermediate school and addition to the high school, expanding District programming supporting student achievement and the District’s capacity to attract and retain quality staff, and reducing capital project borrowing costs.
Fond Du Lac

Passed

$91,500,000.00 Issue Debt Issue Debt for Capital Maintenance and Improvement Projects.
Fond Du Lac

Passed

$7,000,000.00 Issue Debt Issue Debt for Capital Maintenance and Improvement Projects.
Frederic

Passed

$2,500,000.00 NR – 2019 Exceed the revenue limit by an amount not to exceed $500,000 on a non-recurring basis for five years beginning with the 2019-20 school year for operational expenses, staffing and maintenance costs.

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Testifying At JFC Hearings

By John Forester | April 2, 2019

As you know, beginning this Friday, April 5, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold 4 public hearings on the Governor’s 2019-21 State Budget.  Those hearings include:

We have been told by Capitol sources that it is extremely important for administrators, board members and parents to show up at these hearings to advocate strongly on behalf of the children we serve.  Those SAA members interested in testifying at one of these four hearings should let me know so I can help to coordinate the arrangements for your testimony.

For those of you planning to testify, here are my suggestions:

Once again, we need a strong showing at the JFC budget hearings.  If you have questions about testifying please call me at 608-242-1370.

Thank you.

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JFC Hearings: Who Plans to Testify?

By John Forester | March 28, 2019

As you know, beginning next Friday, April 5, the Joint Finance Committee plans to hold 4 public hearings on the Governor’s 2019-21 State Budget.  Those hearings include:

We have been told by Capitol sources that it is extremely important for administrators, board members and parents to show up at these hearings to advocate strongly on behalf of the children we serve.  Those SAA members interested in testifying at one of these four hearings should let me know so I can help to coordinate the arrangements for your testimony.

We need a strong showing at the JFC budget hearings.  If you have questions about testifying please call me at 608-242-1370.

Thank you.

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State Budget Alert: Joint Finance Committee

By John Forester | March 28, 2019

With the Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s (LFB) summary of the governor’s budget recommendations having been released, the 2019-21 State Budget process has begun to pick up speed.  The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will conduct state agency briefings April 3rd and 4th (DPI is scheduled for April 3rd) and hold a total of four public hearings on the budget bill beginning on April 5th and concluding on April 24th (see previous post).  We will follow up with a separate post on coordinating SAA member testimony at the JFC budget hearings.

I would like to thank all those SAA members that have already begun conversations with their legislators regarding the governor’s budget recommendations.  For those that have yet to communicate with their legislators, it’s time to do so.  To be successful on this state budget, all SAA members must contact their legislators repeatedly throughout the long budget process.

I call on each district administrator to assemble your leadership team, collaborate on your district message and craft your plan for influencing your parents, your staff, your community, your media and your lawmakers — and then coordinate the delivery of that message.  This budget is vitally important for your school district and the children you serve.   It is critically important for you to reach out to your legislators and your community.

In your communications, please cover the following:

  1. Invite your legislators to your school(s).  Use the opportunity to show them some of the great educational opportunities afforded to the children in your district.  Show them what learning looks like today in your district.
  2. Express your strong support for at least a $200/pupil general revenue increase in each year of the biennium.  Explain the importance of these increases in per pupil revenues in both fiscal and human terms.  In particular, emphasize the impact on educational opportunities for the kids you serve.
  3. Express your strong support for the governor’s proposed increase in funding for special education. Explain your district’s fund 10 to fund 27 transfer, as well as the internal friction that transfer can generate inside your district.
  4. Express your strong support for the governor’s proposed increase in funding for school-age mental health.
  5. Express your strong support for the governor’s proposed increase in funding for English Learners.
  6. Express your strong support for eliminating current restrictions on hiring retired educators to fill key positions.
  7. Tell your district’s story.  They need to hear it.
  8. Encourage your legislators to stand up for the children you serve.
  9. Thank them for listening and for serving the citizens of Wisconsin.

Please send a letter (phone calls work too) using the information discussed above to the members of the Joint Finance Committee and your legislators as soon as possible.  I know many of you have already discussed these issues with your legislators, and I thank you.  I also ask that you contact them again.  For your convenience, I have provided links to the Senate Directory, the Assembly Directory and Who Are My Legislators.  Please copy your letter to the SAA.

Make no mistake about it.  We have to fight hard for funding increases for public school children.  Many legislators are pushing back against the governor’s proposed increases to K-12 education.  In particular, some legislators are loudly balking at increasing funding for special education.  Several are even spreading misinformation about how special education services are funded.  It is important that our legislators understand the following:

So, let’s stand up and fight for the needs of Wisconsin school children.

Thanks for listening, and for all your efforts on behalf of the children you serve.

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JFC Public Hearings Finalized

By John Forester | March 28, 2019

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has finalized the dates and locations for the 4 public hearings it will hold on the 2019-21 State Budget.

Friday, April 5, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Pontiac Convention Center

2809 North Pontiac Drive

Janesville, WI  53545

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Oak Creek Community Center

8580 South Howell Avenue

Oak Creek, WI  53154

Monday, April 15, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

University of Wisconsin – River Falls

University Center – Riverview Ballroom #260

500 Wild Rose Avenue

River Falls, WI  54022

            Free Public Parking Accessible at:

            University of Wisconsin – River Falls

            PAY 1 LOT

            North Second Street

            River Falls, WI  54022

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

University Union – Phoenix Rooms

2430 Campus Court

Green Bay, WI  54311

 

 

 

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LFB Releases Summary Of Governor Evers Budget

By John Forester | March 26, 2019

From The Wheeler Report…

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released its summary of Governor Evers 2019-21 proposed state budget. Check it out here.

See Public Instruction agency summary here.

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Referendums Scheduled For April 2, 2019

By John Forester | March 26, 2019

From The Wheeler Report…

The following is a complete list of all 59 referendums scheduled for voting on Tuesday, April 2. The list includes:

See the report here.

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