State senators last night approved their version of the state's 2009-11 state budget, which included provisions to protect school districts and taxpayers suggested by the Wauwatosa School Board.
State Sen. Jim Sullivan on Tuesday negotiated provisions into the 2009-11 state budget that would protect school districts from being forced to overspend as a result of union negotiations.
With the planned July 2010 removal of the qualified economic offer, which prevents teachers unions from seeking arbitration if they are offered a salary and benefit package increase of at least 3.8 percent, Wauwatosa officials feared arbitrators could order districts to borrow short term to fund pay raises.
Sullivan, a Wauwatosa Democrat, said he answered these concerns by adding language to the state budget that would force arbitrators to consider a district's economic condition and revenue cap when settling union contracts. The proposal also would exempt districts' fund balances from being used to pay for settlements.
The provisions were based on a recent recommendation from the Wauwatosa School Board, though board members and district administrators initially asked for more stringent rules that would have frozen school districts' short-term borrowing at current levels. Sullivan said he disagreed with that part of the initial recommendation because it was too absolute.
Formal action on the state budget is expected Tuesday. For a look at the final version of the Senate's budget, visit http://insession/insessiondocs/docs/AB75-SSA1.pdf.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Ask Now: What is being built at Hart Park?
- Bob Simi, new director at Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, sees opportunities for development
- How 205 immigrants became citizens at the State Fair Park last week
- Newly designed NICU at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin creates homelike environment
- Wauwatosa breaks out its holiday cheer
- Wauwatosa Police Report: Nov. 27
- Ethnic foods unite Eisenhower fifth-graders for pre-Thanksgiving feast
- Found in possession of stolen jewelry, Wauwatosa's Gold Emporium could lose license
- Ice skating to return to Center Street Park on Wauwatosa border after decades away
- U.S. Naval Academy midshipman educates young minds at Our Redeemer Lutheran School