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2019-21 Biennial Budget Information

Final 2019-21 Biennial Budget Signed into Law - July 3, 2019  

On July 3, 2019, Governor Evers signed AB 56, the 2019-21 state biennial budget, into law as 2019 Act 9, with partial vetoes. The PDF documents below summarize action on the state budget for K-12 school funding, public libraries and lifelong learning, and the Department's operations. 

Condensed Summary of Changes to Funding under 2019 Act 9 (updated July 17, 2017) - this document includes information on the final outcome of the 2019-21 biennial budget, and highlights changes to funding for K-12 school funding, public libraries and lifelong learning, and the Department's operations.

Full Summary of Provisions Related to K-12 Education, Public Libraries/Lifelong Learning, and Department Operations (updated July 17, 2017) - this document includes information on the Department’s budget request (submitted in September 2018), Governor Evers’ budget proposal (introduced in February 2019), the final budget as adopted by the Joint Committee on Finance and the Legislature and presented to the Governor (June 2019), and the final budget as signed (with partial vetoes) by Governor Evers on July 3, 2019.  

Partial Veto to the Per Pupil Aid ProgramGovernor Evers partially vetoed language in AB 56 pertaining to the Per Pupil Aid (PPA) program, under which school districts receive a flat dollar amount per revenue limit member (pupils), as specified in state law. The effect of the Governor’s partial veto is to increase the per member dollar amount that will go to all school districts, for both the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 school years. The estimated impact of Governor Evers’ veto, as compared to AB 56 as adopted by the Legislature, for each school district in the state, is shown in the PDF document directly below. This comparison does not reflect the impact of the partial veto to the Supplemental Per Pupil Aid program, a separate, new program created under the budget bill. 

Estimated Impact of Partial Veto to Per Pupil Aid Program 

Action by the Joint Committee on Finance: the Legislative Joint Committee on Finance took executive action on the 2019-21 biennial budget on May 23, 2019. The Committee's actions on provision impacting K-12 school finance, public libraries and life long learning, and DPI's operations are summarized in the PDF document directly below (funding changes to FY19 base appropriations, not changes to the Governor's proposed funding levels): 

Summary of Funding Changes under the JCF Budget 

Governor Evers' 2019-21 Biennial Budget Proposal: Governor Evers introduced his 2019-21 State Biennial Budget on February 28, 2019. The provisions impacting K-12 school finance, public libraries and lifelong learning, technology, and DPI's operations are summarized below. 

Summary of Governor Evers' 2019-21 K-12 Education Budget Proposal

The Department of Public Instruction's 2019-21 Biennial Budget Request: the Department of Public Instruction submitted its 2019-21 Biennial Budget request on September 17, 2018. The information below includes the department's full request for budget and position authority related to K-12 school finance, public libraries and lifelong learning, technology, and the Department's operations, followed by the summary of those request items.   

2019-21 DPI Biennial Budget Request - includes full decision item narratives (October 2018) 

Summary of 2019-21 DPI Budget Request (October 2018)

For more information on the State Superintendent's Fair Funding for our Future Proposal, please see the department's Funding Reform page.