A state legislator hopes to halt new spending on what he calls a "dubious" education program.
Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) wants to put the brakes on new spending for 4-year-old kindergarten classes. He says the state is in a fiscal crisis, yet it continues to encourage more and more districts to set up those programs. Grothman says that could cost the state an extra $13 million next year.
Grothman questions the academic justification of putting young children in those programs. He's doubtful of their effectiveness.
Grothman today also criticized a plan by Democratic leaders to help ease the state's budget shortfall by imposing a new tax on hospitals.