MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Republican governor and GOP leaders in other states are facing pressure to back off from plans to sharply cut spending on education. The deep cuts are no longer justified, according to school officials, now that projected tax revenues are increasing beyond expectations. In Wisconsin, the Legislature is considering Gov. Scott Walker's plan for cutting aid to public schools by 8.4 percent. That reduction would require larger class sizes and teacher layoffs in many districts.
Local school officials say the planned cuts should be softened now that new forecasts show the state should receive $636 million more than expected this budget year. Legislative leaders say they will consider making some changes. Similar discussions are under way in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and other states with increasing tax revenues.