Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – It’s 91 billion dollars, covers the next two years, and will be hammered over by democrats and republicans alike.
Governor Evers laid out his biennial budget in a state-wide address but, it may be already dead before it arrives at the republican-controlled legislature.
Evers pitched his state budget as a “Badger Bounce-Back” agenda as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year.
It calls for increased funding for K-thru-12 and higher education and reform both the state’s criminal justice systems while delivering a state budget with $1 billion in tax increases.
Even though he sounded hopeful it could be passed with bipartisan support, he urged republicans not to be focused on settling scores.
Evers said, “Each time a bill fails to pass, each time a compromise ends up in flames, each time legislators lose sight of the people who sent you here, the disappointment, the resentment, and the disparities grow. We must be unafraid to agree, unwilling to wait, and unabashed about the work we have before us.”
The Wisconsin Republican Party released a statement, critical of Evers’ proposed budget – saying in part: “Wisconsin families care about getting their kids back in school, helping businesses recover and restoring confidence in our elections, not Gov. Evers’ liberal wish list that is out-of-touch with the actual struggles of Wisconsinites.”