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Governor proposes small increase in education funding

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MADISON (WKOW) – Governor Scott Walker tells the Associated Press he will increase funding for Wisconsin's public schools in his upcoming two-year budget proposal.

He provided details of his education plan to the AP ahead of its public release Sunday. 

He's proposing a roughly one percent increase in aid to schools after he cut education funding by more than eight percent in the first year of his previous budget, released in 2011.

The governor says this new budget will increase funding for the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges, and offer targeted incentives for public schools.

The small funding increase is not enough for Democrats like Rep. Sondy Pope, who says the money won't be enough to help struggling schools.

Even a fellow Republican seemed disappointed by the proposal.

"I'm glad there's something for school aids," State Senator Rob Cowles said. "Would I like it to be a little bit more? Yes, I would."

Governor Walker's proposal would boost aid to K-12 schools by $129 million.

On Monday, he plans to announce the venture capitol proposals in his budget.

Investors have in the past complained about the lack of money available for startup companies in Wisconsin.

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