Walker’s latest budget departs from recent trends, with unusual spending imbalance


A report released by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance showed Gov. Scott Walker’s most recent budget will have the largest spending imbalance in the past decade. While WTA’s research director says the imbalance won’t have long-term effects, others caution that it’d would be better to make hay while the sun shines. > Badger Herald

Lawmakers seek to increase Wisconsin’s historic tax credit

Some state politicians are seeking support to increase the current state historic tax credit from $500,000 per project to $3.5 million. The effort comes after Gov. Scott Walker used his veto power to decrease the funds allowable per project. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Rural school leaders say K-12 budget doesn’t do enough for their districts, but Vos says they’re out of luck


Some district administrators say state education spending isn’t meeting the needs of rural districts. Gov. Walker has pushed for increased sparsity aid, which is meant to make up for the disadvantages many rural districts face. But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he won’t take up the issue when the Legislature resumes in January. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Three deal-making lawmakers maybe not terrorists, but bullies for sure


Perhaps the three state senators singled out by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos aren’t “terrorists” but they have solid reputations for being among the biggest partisan bullies in the Legislature, famous for their “my way or the highway” mentality. They haven’t a clue what compromise means, nor do they want to. > Cap Times

Vos Sunday: GOP senators who struck budget deal with Walker are ‘terrorists’


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is still smarting from last month’s rocky resolution to the state budget debate, calling three Republican senators who struck a deal with Gov. Walker to support the budget “terrorists.” “That’s what they are,” Vos said in an interview that aired Sunday. “You don’t hold somebody hostage for your own personal needs.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Are Walker’s frequent references to ‘historic funding’ for Wisconsin schools accurate?


Gov. Scott Walker frequently states that his 2017-’19 state budget funds K-12 education in Wisconsin at a historic level. What we’ve found is sometimes the governor is more specific, and more accurate, in making the claim. And other times he’s not. PolitiFact Wisconsin sorts it out.

Bill seeks to boost money for rural schools after funds were axed from state budget


Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) are proposing legislation that would boost funding for rural schools by almost $10 million after a similar provision was carved out of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-’19 budget. > Sheboygan Press