March 7, 2012
Sen. Larson Asks Republicans to Uphold Promise, Close Unintended Voucher Loophole
Madison – Today, State Senator Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee) urged Republican leaders in the Assembly to uphold the promise they made to the people of Wisconsin by closing the voucher loophole.
“Blindly rushing through a budget has unintended consequences,” said Sen. Larson. “The voucher loophole is just one of many provisions that we now have to go back and correct in order to make our laws match what Republicans had promised.”
The voucher loophole was created over eight months ago when Republicans inserted an overly broad provision in the budget. This established criteria for school districts that, if met, would allow private and religious schools to siphon off up to $6,500 in taxpayer dollars per student from our neighborhood schools without allowing for debate in that community.
“Continuing to ignore this problem breaks their word and does nothing for our state. This problem needs to be remedied,” said Sen. Larson. “It’s time that Republicans follow through on their promise to Wisconsinites.”
We are fast approaching the end of the current legislative session and are quickly running out of time to pass Senate Bill 174, legislation to close this loophole. If Republicans are unwilling to honor their commitments and this bill is not voted on before the end of session, it will be placed on hold until the next legislative session begins in January 2013, which may be too late for some Wisconsin communities.