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Legislative Update for Wisconsin Technical Colleges

June 27, 2019


Budget Passes, Includes $25 Million Increase for WTCS

The Wisconsin Assembly passed the 2019-21 state budget, including minor changes to the Joint Finance version, on June 25 by a vote of 60-39. The Senate followed, passing the Assembly version the next day on a narrow 17-16 vote, following a relatively brief debate. The budget now moves to the Governor’s desk for partial vetoes and signing, or rejection. This morning, Governor Evers officially called for the bill, indicating he is prepared to act on it. He will have six days, not including Sunday, to either sign or veto the bill once it is received.

As passed by the Legislature, the bill provides a historic $25 million increase in general aid for the Wisconsin Technical College System. During floor debate, legislators repeatedly cited the remarkable outcomes for graduates and employers that are produced by technical colleges, and the importance of WTCS program offerings across the state. Each college should be proud of their work to put student success first, and the impact they have each day in their communities. The Governor, by providing an investment in the executive budget, and lawmakers, who increased that investment, have explicitly recognized the importance and quality of a technical college education in Wisconsin.

The budget bill contains the following provisions of interest to technical colleges:

The District Boards Association thanks both Governor Evers and the Legislature for investing with confidence in Wisconsin’s technical colleges and our students.

Please note that, in addition to the massive budget legislation, a number of stand-alone bills of interest to technical colleges are pending, including:

The DBA continues to work actively on behalf of improving credit transfer, with the overall goal of reducing credit loss and providing increased flexibility for students. For more information on these efforts, please contact Layla Merrifield.