Progress Being Made On State Budget

With the state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee wrapping up work on the two-year state budget the Assembly and Senate could begin their work on it within the next week. State Senator Dan Feyen is expecting the Governor’s original proposal for additional aid per student to public schools to survive the budget process. The plan calls for additional aid of $200 per student the first year of the budget and $204 the second year. He is also anticipating some funding will be included in the budget for the expansion of Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Plymouth although not the entire amount this budget cycle. He says the major parts of the project will have to be funded in the next state budget. Senator Feyen also says there will be tax breaks with the elimination of the state forestry tax and at least a partial repeal of the personal property tax.