Gov. Walker’s K-12 funding increase questioned

Gov. Walker’s K-12 funding increase questioned

A Republican state senator is questioning why Gov. Scott Walker tied an increase in K-12 education funding to compliance with the law known as Act 10.

Sen. Luther Olsen asked Walker’s budget director Tuesday at a public hearing about the budget provision. One part of the Act 10 law passed in 2011 required public workers to contribute more for their pensions and health insurance costs.

Olsen said he was trying to understand the logic of requiring schools to be in full compliance with the law to get more funding. Olsen said, “Are we sort of getting our nose in their business on how they manage their staff when they have managed the tools we have given them?”

State budget director Waylon Hurlburt said language could be tightened to make the intent more clear.