MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he won’t seek to eliminate or phase out taxpayer-funded school vouchers in his first state budget.
Evers said Tuesday he will aim to provide “more accountability and transparency” within the state’s private-school-voucher programs. But that would not include a proposal to phase out vouchers.
The new Democratic governor said he instead supports a plan to add information to property-tax bills showing how much taxpayers are spending on vouchers for private-school students living in their school district.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Evers said during an appearance at Marquette University “that’s not an anti-voucher issue, that’s just a transparency issue.”
Evers said during his campaign he would work with the Legislature to phase vouchers out, but did not pledge to do so in his first budget.