Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

May 10, 2013

Tax Increase Alert: “Lena Taylor Tax” On Milwaukee Property Owners

Filed under: Vouchers — millerlf @ 5:03 pm

Scott Walker’s budget calls for increased funding for private school vouchers.

Lena Taylor supports Walker’s budget proposal which increases state aid to kindergarten-through-eighth-grade voucher schools to $7,050 per pupil from $6,442 in the 2014-’15 school year, an increase of $608 per pupil, or 9.4%. For voucher high schools, the per-pupil aid would rise to $7,856, an increase of $1,414, or 21.9%.

This school year saw $54 million taken from the Milwaukee Public School’s budget and given to the voucher program. The difference was made up by the MPS school board, through its taxing authority, by raising property tax on Milwaukee property owners.

It is estimated that next year, based on Walker’s proposed aid to vouchers, there will be a $16 million increase in the amount taken from MPS  for a total of $70 million that must be made up by Milwaukee property taxpayers. This tax increase is now being called the “Lena Taylor Tax.”

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