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Half of Evers’ Budget Increase slated for K-12 Education

By John Forester | February 16, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …

Gov. Tony Evers today proposed a budget that would boost state spending by $3.2 billion with half of that going to K-12 education as he laid down a marker on his priorities ahead of a possible reelection bid in 2022.

The two-year spending plan, which is sure to face stiff resistance from the GOP-run Legislature, includes restoring collective bargaining powers for many state employees after Republicans stripped them under former Gov. Scott Walker a decade ago.

It also would require background checks on all firearms sales and creation of a red-flag law, both proposals that Republicans have already rejected. GOP lawmakers also have signaled they would reject two other big items Evers released ahead of the formal budget introduction: legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Medicaid. Both of those items were projected to bring tens of millions in new revenue to the state.

In addition, the Evers budget plan proposes new or expanded tax cuts to benefit seniors, the poor, veterans and first-time homebuyers. But he proposed tax increases on large manufacturers and the wealthy.

Evers has battled GOP lawmakers for much of his two years in office, and their relationship has frayed even more during the COVID-19 crisis over various steps the guv has taken to address the pandemic.

Still, Evers challenged the Legislature to “summon the will to get this done” and help the state bounce back from the crisis.

“There’s no time for false promises of hope and prosperity with empty words that you know full well won’t match your actions,” Evers said in a virtual address received by GOP lawmakers assembled in the Assembly chamber as Dems watched remotely. “You can disagree with me if you want, but don’t punish the people we serve so you can settle a score no one but you is keeping.”

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