UPDATE: GOP Leader Says School Spending Will Increase

UPDATED Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- 2:17 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald tells The Associated Press that public school spending will not be frozen as Gov. Scott Walker proposed.

Fitzgerald said Wednesday that there is "no doubt at all" spending will be allowed to increase starting next year. Walker's budget did not allow for any increase.

Fitzgerald tells AP, "You're going to see an increase in the per-pupil amount."

A pair of Republican senators on Friday called for an increase of $150 per student in each of the next two years. Fitzgerald was initially noncommittal, but Wednesday he told AP there is no doubt spending will be allowed to increase.

Fitzgerald says he doesn't know just how much it will be allowed to go up.

Walker's spokesman had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- 1:04 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican president of the state Senate tells The Associated Press that a majority of GOP senators will not support Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the private school voucher plan as proposed.

Senate President Mike Ellis said Wednesday that Walker's proposal will have to be "drastically changed." He says that proposal, as well as Walker's plan to offer vouchers for special education children and create a charter school oversight board, are "unacceptable to a majority of the senators."

Republicans hold an 18-15 majority in the Senate.

Ellis says talks are ongoing about how to change Walker's proposals in a way that they can be supported both in the Senate and in the Republican-controlled Assembly.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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