MADISON (WSAU) State aid to Wisconsin’s public schools might be linked to how well their students perform. Governor Scott Walker said he might propose such a measure in his next state budget that he’ll submit to the Legislature in February. Yesterday, Walker spoke to his new Republican majority in the Senate. He dropped some hints of what he might include in the massive two-year spending package, but he did not go any into detail. Walker also said he might address areas in which employers need more skilled workers. Unlike two years ago, Walker and the Legislature will not have a multi-billion-dollar deficit to deal with. The latest estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau say the current budget will end with a 261-million-dollar surplus next June 30th.
Also yesterday, Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau was chosen again by his G-O-P colleagues as the Senate’s majority leader. He held the post during the last session, but he lost it temporarily after Democrats took the majority in last June’s recall elections. It didn’t make much difference, though, as the two-year session was officially over by then. Also, Mike Ellis of Neenah was returned to the post of Senate President, which he held until the recall votes.