MADISON (WKOW) — Governor-elect Tony Evers is remaining confident he will increase funding for Wisconsin public schools by 10 percent despite GOP leaders having doubts.
Evers proposed a $1.4 billion education budget as the State Superintendent back in September when state agencies submitted their spending plans.
It’s a proposal he hopes to keep as the next governor even though GOP leaders, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald didn’t seem confident last week. Speaker Vos shot down the proposal assuming it would only work if there was a massive tax increase to pay for it.
“It literally cannot be accomplished without either taking from some to give to another or a massive tax increase,” said Vos last week when speaking to reporters.
Evers said while visiting hundreds of students at a vocational training center in Coloma that it’s “reasonable.”
“My goal is to go forward with the budget I have… it’s property tax neutral,” said Evers.
Once again I will point out the intellectual bankruptcy of increasing spending on education for the sake of increasing spending on education. Spending on education has become a proxy for actually doing something and is a crutch used by politicians of both sides who have nothing real to offer.
People: “What are you going to do to improve education?”
Politician: “Spend more of your money on it!”
People: “How will that improve educational outcomes?”
Politician: “YOU HATE KIDS!”
And around we go…
In other news, notice the language by Evers… “property tax neutral…” The state doesn’t even have a property tax anymore. Education is funded with sales and income taxes. Let’s hope that Vos and Fitz remain strong and loyal to the voters in their districts who elected them.