Private School Subsidy for Special Education Raises Concerns About Quality and Cost

Oct 18, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

October 19, 2016 “When you write about tax money going to private schools, please tell people about special education vouchers,” a rural school board member told me. “Because of a change in state law, our school district is paying for special education students to sit at home in front of a computer.” October is budget time for ...

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Residents Question Public School Money Going to Private Schools

Oct 12, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

October 12, 2016 “I am paying for private schools with my taxes?” the women from Pepin asked following my presentation at a recent Town Hall meeting. “Yes, you are,” I told her. Residents were surprised at the sharp increase in the state spending on private schools – nearly a doubling in seven years. At the same time, ...

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Taking Credit for the Sun Coming Up

Oct 5, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

October 5, 2016 “Wisconsin lowered taxes and reduced regulation and that increased jobs in the state, right?” A journalist from a national newspaper asked about the state of our economy for a story he was writing. “The assumption you are making is that the only thing holding back growth is taxes paid by business,” I told the ...

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Audit to Investigate King Veterans Home

Sep 28, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

September 28, 2016 “There used to be a real nice coffee shop. But they turned it into vending machines,” David Wedde told the Joint Committee on Audit. To many it might seem like an insignificant thing but it was not just a coffee shop. It was a symbol of comradery at the Veterans Home in King. Everyday ...

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How to Fund Roads: A Balancing Act

Sep 21, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

September 21, 2016 Funding roads is an important job for state leaders. Nine cents of every state budget dollar goes towards transportation. In the vagaries of Wisconsin state budgeting, this includes dollars the feds send Wisconsin (about forty cents of every road dollar comes from Uncle Sam). A prudent fiscal manager must balance several factors to make ...

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Legislative Audit Bureau Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Sep 13, 2016 No Comments ›› Admin

September 12, 2016 “Happy Birthday!” I told eighty auditors and other legislative leaders at a recent Capitol gathering. The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently celebrated 50 years of service to the people of the State of Wisconsin. LAB is the agency that works quietly behind the scenes to ensure state government delivers quality services. The agency ...

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