Republicans reject Evers’ call for state aid 

A GOP plan approved by the Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday would allot $9.4 million in state aid to Wisconsin technical colleges over the next two years, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. That number is significantly lower than the nearly $66 million increase Gov. Tony Evers called for in his two-year spending proposal. 

The proposed increase would supplement the $103 million in general state aid the Wisconsin Technical College System receives annually. 

The technical college system requested a $75 million increase in the next two-year budget. Evers’ spending proposals totaled more than $80 million between increasing state aid and other provisions. 

The Republicans’ plan would raise funding for youth apprenticeship grants by $7 million, totaling $19 million over the next two years; funding for technical education grants by $3 million to total $8 million annually; and $500,000 for commercial truck driver training. 

The budget-writing committee also approved a $5 million expenditure on technical college grants and $10.5 million for grant programs for commercial driver training, technical career preparation, and youth apprenticeships.