Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/18): With contractors having wrong incentives, school referendums running amuck

While Les Paul Middle School does have a locked vestibule, once someone is through that door, they have access to a main hallway and the rest of the school. Les Paul's main entrance and offices would be reconfigured for safety as part of the $60 million referendum.While Les Paul Middle School does have a locked vestibule, once someone is through that door, they have access to a main hallway and the rest of the school. Les Paul’s main entrance and offices would be reconfigured for safety as part of a $60 million referendum in Waukesha. C.T. Kruger/Now News Group

Wisconsin voters are being to approve more than $1 billion worth of spending on buildings and other priorities  in referendums this November.

State Senator Duey Stroebel from Saukville takes exception. Stroebel says the construction industry is taking advantage of school referendums that essentially overspend.  He wrote a column in the Daily Reporter about his continuing fight for referendum reform.

Since 2015, there have been $4 billion worth of construction-debt referendums passed in Wisconsin.  There are another $1.4 billion on the ballot this November. In the two state budgets passed covering 2015 to 2019, the total bonding authorized being underwritten by tax receipts totals $2.63 billion. If the lion’s share of referendums pass this November, it is possible Wisconsin will have borrowed twice as much money for school construction as for all other state purposes in roughly the same four-year timeframe.

I have advocated, and will continue to advocate, for reforms to provide greater transparency in the referendum process and to remove policies that incentivize overspending. Among these reforms are…

Read the entire column, including Stroebel’s common sense reforms here.

 

One thought on “Today’s highly interesting read (10/19/18): With contractors having wrong incentives, school referendums running amuck

  1. Pingback: Expensive school referendums, Madison police chief rips judges and ‘system,’ and GOP trending up for midterms | This Just In… From Franklin, WI

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