How the state budget debate boils down right now


Wisconsin isn’t getting its state budget done on time. That’s largely because Gov. Walker and the state Senate disagree with the Assembly on how to pay for transportation needs. Or more precisely, they differ on whether to pay for what they spend now, versus pushing more of that cost into the future. > Wisconsin State Journal

Lawmakers will miss budget deadline as divide remains on transportation, taxes

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GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker can still make a respectable showing compared to the budgets passed by previous Legislatures and governors. But with no deal yet on transportation and taxes, it’s too late to pass a bill and get Walker to sign it before the state’s current budget runs out on June 30. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At Walker event to tout K-12 funding bill, local educators push back


Reporters weren’t the only ones to show up for Gov. Walker’s press conference on K-12 funding in Holmen Thursday. More than a dozen local educators brought up their own points, with signs reading “All our children deserve funding every year, not just campaign years!” and “Put voucher schools to a state vote.” > La Crosse Tribune

State Dems introduce their own K-12 funding proposal


As Republicans continue to negotiate Wisconsin’s two-year budget, Democrats on the budget committee released their own proposal for K-12 education funding on Thursday. Though they say their plan takes the best parts of the plans being debated by Republicans, its chances of adoption are razor-thin in the state’s GOP-led Capitol. > The Cap Times

Senate Republicans propose more borrowing for roads, Assembly Republicans push back


A spokeswoman announced Wednesday that Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald supports borrowing $850 million for roads in the next budget, or $350 million more than Gov. Walker has proposed. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters that’s a non-starter without a long-term tax or fee to help pay off debt. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Proposed Budget Transparency Act is long overdue


Racine Journal Times editorial: “We’ve not been shy to criticize government conducted in secret, so it seems only fair that we say thank you to the state lawmakers who introduced the Budget Transparency Act, which would make it more difficult for the Legislature to make sweeping budget changes outside of public view.

Progress on education funding, but transportation still an issue in budget negotiations

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An agreement on education funding may be in sight, but Wisconsin lawmakers still have a long road ahead before agreeing on the transportation budget. “I’m not thinking education will be that large of a stumbling block,” John Nygren told reporters last week. “I do think transportation will be a stumbling block.” > The Cap Times