Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, March 10, 2011

School revenue limit figures revised

Tax policy expert Andrew Reschovsky has released new figures estimating revenue limits for school districts based on the detailed proposals included in the Wisconsin governor's executive budget for the 2011-13 biennium.

The governor proposed a 5.5 percent reduction in revenue limits per student when he released his budget on March 1, as opposed to the $500 per student widely reported in the media in February.

Reschovsky's March simulation of 2011-12 school district revenue limits is based on the governor's proposed 5.5 percent reduction and a proposed change in the "low-revenue ceiling" from $9,000 to $8,900.

A table has been added to Reschovsky's original working paper showing the new calculations for all of Wisconsin's school districts.

Reschovsky appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio with Kathleen Dunn on March 10 to discuss the governor's $834 million cut to state aid for education and how it will affect school districts. He commented in the March 5 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the effects of the budget on school district.

Kathleen Dunn show, 9 a.m. March 10, 2011, Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin school districts studying impact of proposed cuts, March 5, 2011, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Analysis outlines possible effect of state budget on local school district revenues, February 26, 2011, La Follette School News