A couple numbers to think about.
Wisconsin’ education spending has dropped $1,014 per pupil since 2008, trailing only Alabama in spending decline as measured by dollars, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Wisconsin’s 14.6% education spending decline ranked fifth in the nation).
Meanwhile, the state transportation fund siphoned $970 million away from the general fund over roughly the same time period, from the 2007-2009 through the 2003-2015 bienniums, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The general fund, of course, is the money the state uses to pay for things like education.
NOT just a coincidence. Expanding concrete before expanding minds. It’s the Wisconsin way.