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Group says Wisconsin made some of the nation's deepest cuts to education


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A liberal policy group says Wisconsin has made the deepest cuts in state school aid among 24 states where budget information is available.

The Center for Budget-and-Policy Priorities said the Badger State reduced its state aid by $635 per student this fall – more than larger states like California and New York. Over the last four years, the group said Wisconsin has slashed its state aid by almost $800 per student, when inflation is added in.

Those are the fourth-deepest spending cuts in the nation.

Governor Scott Walker gave schools a chance to off-set at least part of those cuts, by virtually eliminating collective bargaining by public unions – and by making employees pay more toward their health insurance and pensions.

Walker’s office had no immediate comment on the Budget-and-Policy report.