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School funding reform still necessary
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Property taxpayers should brace themselves, because the state budget Governor Doyle signed in June is about to cause a major shift, from the state to their property tax bill, to pay for K-12 education. Majority legislators failed to prioritize education in a state budget that increased overall spending by 6 percent. Now, local school boards have an unwelcome task - propose painful cuts, increase property taxes to replace lost state aid, or both.This is a prime reason I sought to change the budget bill and voted "no" when the State Senate approved it.