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Legislative Update for Wisconsin Technical Colleges

July 3, 2019


Governor signs budget with $25 million increase for WTCS

On July 3, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued 78 partial vetoes and signed into law 2019 Act 9, the 2019-21 state budget. With that the budget is now final, including a $12.5 million increase in each year for general aid to Wisconsin’s technical colleges.

Throughout the budget process, policymakers in the administration and the legislature expressed support for the work of the technical colleges, respect for the colleges’ outcomes for graduates and employers, and the importance of WTCS education programs to the state’s workforce, economy, and quality of life. 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, by increasing that investment, have explicitly recognized the importance and quality of technical college education in Wisconsin.

Act 9 contains the following provisions of interest to technical colleges:

The District Boards Association again thanks both Governor Evers and the Legislature for investing with confidence in Wisconsin’s technical colleges. We look forward to continuing to partner with policymakers to advance higher education and workforce training across the state.

Separate from the budget legislation, additional 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.