Freezing public school spending in Wisconsin would be a mistake, given previous cuts and rising costs. That’s the most glaring problem with Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year, $68 billion state budget proposal.
The Republican governor also stalls his considerable progress toward an honest and truly balanced budget. Having slain a giant budget gap two years ago, Walker shouldn’t be backtracking even a bit.
The Legislature has some fixing to do. Yet some of Walker’s priorities are strong, including:
• His support — and flexibility — for higher education. Wisconsin would go back to spending more on universities than prisons, and workforce development would get a boost.
• A special fund to lure more investment capital for young and innovative companies. The fund is an important step for encouraging job and income growth for workers across Wisconsin.
• More autonomy for public charter schools.