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Evers to Wisconsinites: Ignore Those Who Say State Can’t Do More

By John Forester | February 16, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …

In his budget address tonight, Gov. Tony Evers will tell Wisconsinites to ignore those who say the state can’t make health care more affordable while fully funding schools and cutting taxes.

What’s more, Evers will argue the state also has the means to support farmers, rural communities and small businesses while protecting natural resources and investing in clean jobs.

“Because they’re wrong. We can,” Evers will say, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks ahead of his scheduled 7 p.m. virtual speech. “I’ve got a blueprint that will do just that and make sure we bounce back and better than before.”

Evers will tout proposals to help small businesses such as $200 million for those impacted by the pandemic and a new $100 million venture capital program.

He also will argue that a lack of access to affordable housing impacts kids’ performance in the classroom, lead pollution in water impacts the health care system, and good roads are necessary to help small businesses and farmers get their products to market.

“We have to connect those dots between these issues to make sure we can recover from this crisis,” Evers will say.

Republicans have expressed opposition to some of the proposals that Evers has already rolled out, such as legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Medicaid.

Still, Evers will say he believes a budget can be approved with bipartisan support that finally realizes “the future we’ve dreamed.”

“Change is possible. The future we want to build is possible. Because I know you will hold us to account and demand it,” Evers will say.

Evers’ speech is expected to run 45 minutes on his Facebook page and YouTube channel.

See excerpts from Evers’ prepared remarks here.

SeeĀ coverage of the budget and reaction from lawmakers tonight here.

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