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Gov. Evers calls for $250 million spending on K-12 schools

Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 21:20:23-05

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is calling for the Republican-controlled Legislature to spend $250 million of a state budget surplus on public schools, roughly half of which would be targeted toward lowering property taxes.

The plan he released Thursday contrasts with Republican leaders who say they are focused on tapping the budget surplus cutting taxes.

Evers surrounded himself with teachers, school board members, superintendents, Democratic lawmakers and others to call a special session to take up the plan.

The proposal will face a tough road in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Republicans say they are focused on cutting taxes, not spending more on schools.

Milwaukee Public Schools issued the following statement on the proposal:

"Governor Evers' bill advocates for all Wisconsin students and schools. The proposal will help meet the needs of students in Milwaukee Public Schools by providing increased support for special education services, addressing teacher shortages and increasing school-based mental health services."

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