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Assembly poised to vote on bill limiting school revenue

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on an amendment to a school voucher bill Tuesday that could cut public school revenue by millions next year.

The state voucher program subsidizes private school tuition and includes about 2,500 students across the state. To pay for it, the state reduces aid to districts that lose students to voucher schools, but it allows them to compensate for that loss by raising property taxes.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ proposal would limit the amount of money districts can raise, cutting the revenue limit authority of 142 districts by about $14.2 million in 2016-2017, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Districts could recoup those losses over the subsequent two years.

The bill is scheduled for an Assembly vote in a session beginning Tuesday afternoon.

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