Lasee's Notes
 July 20, 2017

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Budgeting the Process Forward



 

On Tuesday of this week the State Senate Republican Caucus announced our proposal for the 2017-2019 biennial state budget. The 656 page document includes all the items already approved by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), positions on K-12 funding agreed to by the State Senate and State Assembly, and proposed Senate positions on all outstanding items.
 

I am proud to have worked with my State Senate Republican colleagues to come up with a budget proposal that cuts taxes, puts more state money into K-12 schools, and increases funding for local roads all while keeping Wisconsin’s fiscal house in order
 


The proposal eliminates three burdensome taxes that will result in real savings for Wisconsinites. Eliminating the Personal Property Tax, Forestry Mill Tax, and Alternative Minimum Tax will allow for taxpayers to keep more of their own hard-earned money while reducing the layer of government assigned to overseeing those taxing programs.
 

The State Senate Republican plan invests more than $600 million of new money into K-12 education and preserves Governor Walker’s proposal to increase per pupil funding. The increase over each of the two years in the biennium calls for a $200 per student increase for the 2017-18 school year and a $204 per student increase for the 2018-19 school year.
 


Three famous “Franks” and me.


Now I’m going to be Frank with you (how could I not be it’s my first name for goodness sakes) and tell you that the Senate Republican proposal does include $712 million in transportation borrowing. If you are like me and hearing the words “state borrowing” make you break out in a cold sweat I totally understand.  However, borrowing for transportation projects is different than borrowing money to pay the state’s everyday bills like what Governor Doyle and legislative Democrats did in the 2009-11 state budget. Wisconsin has always borrowed money to pay for big transportation projects also known as mega projects. Mega projects take years to complete and last 30 or more years. Borrowing for these mega projects makes sense because it allows for users of highways to pay for the construction over the highway’s life span.
 

The Senate Republican budget plan doesn’t contain any tax hikes, proposals for toll roads, increases in gas tax, charging drivers per mile usage fee, or taxing small businesses for using Wisconsin roads with a heavy truck levy. The proposal keeps Wisconsin’s current road projects on track while providing increased funding of 12% for county general transportation aid and 8.5% for municipalities for repair and maintenance of existing roads. 

The legislature, along with Governor Walker, have passed three responsible budgets that have helped turned Wisconsin economy around. The 2017-2019 will be the fourth Republican budget in a row that provides real tax relief, invests in Wisconsin’s infrastructure and growth, and funds state government at a sensible and responsible level.  The hard work is paying dividends and the taxpayers of Wisconsin will reap the rewards
 

Remembering everyone wants what’s best for Wisconsin and its citizens. This gives me hope that the best 2017-19 state budget possible will be the product of everyone’s hard work.



 
 

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