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Gov. Walker's office cool on Evers school funding plan


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker’s office says a new school funding plan will be considered along with what other agencies want, before Walker submits his next budget to the Legislature.

State public school Superintendent Tony Evers Monday proposed an additional $615 million for schools over the next two years.

Overall school aid would go up 2.4 percent in the next school year, and 5.5 percent for the year after that. Almost $50 million would go toward targeted goals like boosting graduation rates and helping rural schools.

Evers proposed a similar plan two years ago – but it never went anywhere, due to a $3.6 billion state budget deficit.

The deficit’s gone, but the Republican Walker says the budget outlook remains tight. And like two years ago, Evers wants to pay for much of the plan by taking away a credit that’s placed on local property tax bills.

Even with the increased funding, Evers maintains that net property taxes would not go up.