Knilans admits misspeaking during listening session
JANESVILLE Rep. Joe Knilans, R-Janesville, says he made a mistake in presenting information at a recent listening session that indicated school districts would get a $275 increase per student each year under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.
“We got the information for the PowerPoint presentation from the governor’s office, and after we put it together, the information changed,” Knilans said. “The information was wrong, and it was my mistake not to double-check it.”
Walker’s proposed budget calls for a per-student reduction in state aid of 5.5 percent.
The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison released a study of Walker’s proposal and found that in Janesville the per-student reduction would amount to $520 for the 2011-12 school year.
Knilans said that because Walker’s budget has not yet been approved, several alternative proposals are being floated on school aid. But, he said, none are likely to amount to a $275 increase per student.
Knilans said he has removed the incorrect information from his website.