PARK FALLS - Governor Walkers plan to put more state money into private schools doesn't make everyone happy.
Last evening, people in Price County got together to talk about it.
"People are deeply concerned about Governor Walkers direct assault on public education," said Senator Bob Jauch.
"It's considered the most anti-public education budget in decades if not in the entire history of the state that prides itself on education."
Jauch had a sympathetic audience in Park falls.
The governors budget freezes spending on public schools, but turns around and increases spending on private school students.
Chequamegon's transportation cost alone is $700 to $900 per student.
"It is unjustified; it is incomprehensible that a governor would disinvest hundreds of thousands of students who benefit from our public school systems to help a few parents at tax payers' expense to go to private schools." said Senator Jauch.
Chequamegon School District Superintendent Dave Anderson is worried governor walkers tax proposal will lower property taxes.
"That's quite a drop in one year," Chequamengon School District Superintendent, Dave Anderson said.
"At $7.70 cents per thousand we're already $2 below the state average mill rate and the lowest mill rate in this area."
In the Prentice school district, the superintendent has taken on more roles than he could imagine.
"I've got five willow kids, if you don't know where willow is, it's 25 miles from Prentice," said Prentice School District Superintendent, Randy Bergman.
"East of III and north another 15 miles. I've got five kids out there. I'll transport them up to suburban up there to get them home. And that's just what we have to do in Prentice to make ends meet."
The park falls community hopes this discussion will lead to a better future.
"I expect that you're going to see whole sale changes. I hope that his voucher plan expanding subsidy of private educations is removed," Senator Jauch said.
"I hope that his proposal to weaken the department of public construction to create charter schools and give it to an unelected, unaccountable group of people is abandoned as well."
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
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