Contact: Rep. Tyler Vorpagel
Madison- State Representative Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) issued the following regarding the passage of Assembly Bill 64, the 2017-2019 Biennial Budget:
“After a long summer of negotiations the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a budget that continues on the strong fiscal foundation that Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature began building in 2011.
“During the budget process I heard from many of my constituents about the need to increase K-12 funding and make adjustments to the school funding formula to address the inequity of low spending school districts, which include many in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties. I’m happy to say that we increased state aid by more than $600 Million. This is $200 per child in the first year of the budget and $204 in the second year, that’s an increase of $604 over the next two years.
“Transportation was a huge issue for this budget. The Governor’s budget called for a higher amount of overall bonding, however I believe that we need to be paying down our debt rather than creating more. I’m happy that this budget has $100 M less bonding than the Governor’s proposed bonding and we found ways to save using reforms to reduce project costs and increase funding for local road aids. Most importantly, area legislators from our portion of the state secured funding for HWY 23 when the project is able to begin.
“Overall this budget was a huge win for Wisconsin and I was proud to support it.”
Representative Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) serves the 27th Assembly District which includes Kiel, Cleveland, Elkhart Lake, Howards Grove, Plymouth, Kohler, and Sheboygan.