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.
WiscPolitics has a nice set of links to reactions from elected officials to the Assembly’s proposed budget.
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