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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Does the Franklin Public School administration really want a referendum?


They may want to reconsider.

The Wisconsin Reporter writes in a piece about how the state budget is saving local municipalities money as a result of the state budget proposed by Governor Walker and approved by legislative Republicans:

Referendum is a tool in Act 10 (the state budget) that hasn’t received much attention. School boards are free under the law to take teacher salary increases to district voters, and let taxpayers make the final call.

But the odds of voter approval drop in tough economic times. And school referenda have fallen in recent years, said (Dale) Knapp, of the  (Wisconsin)Taxpayers Alliance. School-related spending questions have dropped from about 80 per year between 1998 and 2001, to around 30 in the past few years, Knapp said.

Asking for money to cover salaries and benefits, however, is a tough question, the researcher said.

‘Many in private sector, many in public sector, are getting by with minimal raises at best,’ he said. ‘To ask them to pay for higher salaries is probably going to be a real difficult sell’.”

My guess, Franklin, is the same could be said about “facilities.”

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