The assembly budget passed today with no ammendments. With the exception of Rep. Jeff Wood, R-Chippewa Falls voting against, it was a party line vote.
The DOA has issued a preliminary analysis of the impact on school funding. Madison would lose $1,586,393 this year, $3,346,026 the following and $4,932,419 the year after. That is in addittion to the “normal” $7 million to $9 million in anticipated annual cuts due to the structural gap between costs and allowed revenues. Ugly.
Governor Jim Doyle, joined by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk have scheduled a press conference for 2:00 PM today (7/11) at Fire Station #1 (316 West Dayton St.). Be there to show your outrage!
Some suggestions on contacting legislators in this post. Contacting the press is also a good idea (info here).
Thomas J. Mertz