Governor Walker asks citizens to lend voice to budget process
Dear Representative ____________________:
I am writing to thank you for your consideration of Governor Walker’s biennial budget including the increase in per pupil funding over the next two years.
As you well know, the freeze in public school district’s revenue limit is making it hard to make ends meet for rural, urban and suburban schools regardless of size. Costs continue to increase for things like utilities, maintenance and benefits, the revenue limit is being eclipsed.
Our district, Menomonee Falls, has done a lot of strong, conservative fiscal management, finding more than $11 million in cuts and costs savings over the last six years while also balancing a demand for small class sizes and a wide range of course offerings from our community.
Without the revenue limit pacing with inflation, many schools have had to make tough decisions that impact the learning environment and threaten programs that help the most vulnerable children in our state. We’re no different.
I am urging you to approve Governor Walker’s biennial budget with school funding intact.
Again, thank you for your consideration in what impacts so many families.
Dear Senator Darling, Representative Knodl and Representative Brandtjen:Thank you for keeping us informed and including us in your K-12 planning and discussions.As the legislative budget discussions continue, we ask that you support the $200/$204 per-pupil aid increase recommended by the Governor’s office. While this increase does not entirely close the gap with our rising costs, it takes an important step in that direction. The chart below gives a summary of the impact on the School District of Menomonee Falls from the various funding levels that have been discussed so far as part of the State’s budget process.Sincerely,NAME