JFC approves sparsity aid boost, allowing low-spending schools to collect more in property taxes

The Joint Finance Committee unanimously approved a plan to boost state aid for small, rural school by $6.5 million and allow low-spending districts to collect more in property taxes.
While members voted 16-0 for the bill, the debate became a series of exchanges over education funding since the end of Gov. Jim Doyle’s term. There also were jabs on Foxconn and talk of unemployment rates.
Dems accused Republicans of making the largest cut to education funding in state history, still coming up short on filling the hole and only embracing the sparsity aid package now because it’s an election year.

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