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

Walker abandons I-94 east-west project in Milwaukee County for lack of funds


Gov. Walker’s administration is giving up on reconstructing I-94 in Milwaukee between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges in the near term. The about-face came two weeks after federal authorities warned the state it would pull its authorization if the state didn’t come up with a funding plan. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vos to Walker on budget vetoes: ‘I won’t forget this’


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told Gov. Scott Walker, “I won’t forget this,” after Walker agreed to make several vetoes to the state budget to win support in the Senate, according to text messages released this week under the state’s open records law. > Associated Press

Vetoed bill on placing sex offenders immediately re-introduced


After a measure that would have prevented placing sexually violent persons in communities away from their home county was vetoed by Gov. Walker in the state budget, Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) has put the bill back to the state Senate virtually unchanged. Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) co-authored the vetoed bill. > WSAU

Chancellor Blank weighs in on state budget, free tuition program and Foxconn


Rebecca Blank, chancellor of UW-Madison, appeared on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” with UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen. The pair weighed in on the budget, a new one-year free tuition program for first generation students and the proposed Foxconn plant, expressing optimism about all three. > Cap Times

Rep. Dianne Hesselbein: Budget ignores our Wisconsin values


After reviewing Gov. Walker’s fourth state budget last week, I could not support the values and priorities being pushed by the governor and legislative Republicans. My inability to support it was compounded by the fact that Republicans refused to even debate a single Democratic amendment to the budget bill on the floor of the Assembly. > Cap Times