Education and local government bear the brunt of Gov. Scott
Walker's first state budget, a reform-minded document that cuts
about $1 billion in local aid while also preventing officials from
raising taxes to make up the difference.
Just as school districts had feared, Gov. Scott Walker's
biennial budget proposal would slash local school funding by
hundreds of millions of dollars and prevent them from making it up
with higher property taxes.
Walker's budget cuts state school aid by $834 million over the
next biennium, a 7.9 percent decrease. That accounts for about one
fifth of proposed cuts in the budget.
The University of Wisconsin System would lose $250 million in
state aid and face its first restructuring in 40 years under Gov.
Scott Walker's proposed two-year budget, according to a summary
provided by the governor's office.
State-mandated recycling, in place in Wisconsin since 1995,
would be eliminated under Gov. Scott Walker's budget. And payments
to local governments to run those programs — a total of $32 million
this year — would be halted.