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Debate over school funding divides WI Republicans


MADISON (WKOW)-- While Gov. Scott Walker and Republican leaders rally behind an income tax cut, Democrats and a Republican lawmaker push for an increase in funding for schools after the largest aid cut in Wisconsin history.

Deciding how to spend any budget surplus will likely be the major topic of debate during this year's legislative session. Republicans have a significant majority and are talking about cutting taxes and haven't spoken about putting more money into schools.

Republican Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon however, is calling for a $100 million increase in school aid for the first year and $200 million for the second year of the budget.

The legislature is expected to get an estimate of the state finances soon. Gov. Walker's budget comes out in February.

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