“The department will continue to closely examine and monitor whether Wisconsin meets all federal tax requirements,” Rosenblum said.
Republicans have said the K-12 spending plan, which was passed 11-4 along party lines, is an effort to account for billions in federal stimulus funds provided to the state during the pandemic. However, the GOP’s budget may be less than what the state has to spend to get all those dollars.
Budget committee co-chairs Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green and Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam dismissed the warning on Friday.
“My position remains the same as yesterday,” Marklein said in a statement. “We will continue to consider the potential impact of (minimum government funding thresholds) going forward, but we will not cripple our government budget process.”
In another statement, Born called the amount of federal funding that schools should receive (if the conditions are met) “obscene,” and questioned whether it was legal for Evers to have accepted such federal funding being. given that the federal government placed additional demands on the Republican Legislature during the budget process.
Ultimately, this is a political letter sent by a bureaucrat in Biden at the behest of a hyper-partisan Liberal Democrat in Dane County who cut state aid to education in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 when he was co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, ”Born said, referring to US Representative Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, who asked the Department of Education about funding thresholds.