PolitiFact Wisconsin updates its fact-checking on Scott Walker’s claim that his administration is making a “record investment in schools”. Turns out he makes the comparison without any account for inflation, and once you do that, the seven state budgets prior to Walker taking office spent more on schools than his current budget does.
What happens to a rural town after it loses its only school? Arena, Wisconsin, is about to find out. > NY Times
Mark Gottlieb resigned as DOT secretary in December 2016 after a six-year tenure, a departure he says resulted from his realization that Gov. Scott Walker was moving away from a goal he thought they shared: fixing the state’s transportation funding problem and its deteriorating roads. > Cap Times
Gov. Scott Walker is directing state agencies to assume they will receive no additional state funding in their next budgets, with exceptions for K-12 schools and some basic adjustments for programs like Medicaid. Walker sent the instructions to state agency heads late last week. > Cap Times
At a press conference Wednesday (full video here), State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) says race and gender have played into the scrutiny she’s faced over her behavior the last few weeks, and that she plans to remain in office. Taylor was stripped of her position on the state Senate’s powerful budget committee Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Talking to school districts and community members as she tours the Northwoods, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) says one of the main reasons she’s running for governor is to “change the school funding formula.” > NBC 12 Rhinelander
State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) bullied her staff and retaliated against one employee for using family and medical leave, Senate investigators have found — a conclusion that, combined with her being embroiled in a controversy over using a racial insult at a Milwaukee bank, cost her a spot on the Legislature’s budget committee. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel