On July 9, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters sat down with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel capitol reporter Molly Beck, Wisconsin State Journal capitol reporter Riley Vetterkind, and Wisconsin Radio Network news director Bob Hague to discuss the new $81 billion state budget.
On June 28, 2019, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross discussed Governor Tony Evers potential choices to make on the budget now that it has been passed in both Houses. The budget is $81.6 billion which is an upper of 5 percent from the current budget, but $2 billion less than Gov.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the inclusion of the “Kapenga Kickback”: “A last-minute budget provision to make it easier to sell cars made by Tesla is aimed at winning the crucial vote of Sen. Chris Kapenga, who has pushed for the measure in the past and owns a business that sells Tesla parts and salvaged electric vehicles.
The new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, has put together a two-year budget proposal that virtually every newspaper article declares DOA (dead on arrival) because of opposition in the Republican controlled legislature. There is even talk that the GOP will try to supplant his budget by amending the old one.
That’s not the word you hear on the street. What may have been true for eight years under GOP’s departed governor Scott Walker is undergoing the crashing sounds of change. Many in both parties now realize that Evers is not the extreme partisan the GOP tried to paint (in fact, several Democrats don’t find him extreme enough). Several of his proposals have considerable majority clout behind them, given past actions from all sides of the electorate.
On March 5, Governor Tony Evers addressed the media’s questions about his recent budget address and what priorities he’d like to see agreement on from the Republicans in their budget proposal.
Nonpartisan redistricting reform was also included in the Governor’s budget. We need to look toward the future. Voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around. This proposal is supported by a wide margin of citizens. It was no wonder the Governor included it in the people’s budget.For years, Republicans have stripped away essential voters’ rights in Wisconsin. The Governor’s inclusion of automatic voter registration is a good first step for reversing the undemocratic policies of the last 8 years and starting a new chapter of voter rights expansion in Wisconsin.
The reality is that all legislators, of both parties, will be hearing from schools and local governments in their district, that need to plan their budgets and need finality on how much in state aid they will get. There will be enormous pressure to end a long standoff, including from voters in both parties who are likely to get impatient and demand action.
Details on the vetoes…
….a half-dozen Republican sources said one key reason the Senate leap-frogged the Assembly and took up the budget first was that Lasee had refused to delay a family vacation to Mexico.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Senators passed a two-year spending plan around 11:50 Tuesday night, sending the $73 billion plan to the state Assembly.The state budget passed on an 18-15 vote. Republican Senator Rob Cowles joined Democrats in voting against it.
Wisconsin budget still unresolved —
“Leaders of Mr. Walker’s party, which controls the Legislature, are balking at his demands for the state’s budget. Critics say the governor’s spending blueprint is aimed more at appealing to conservatives in early-voting states like Iowa than doing what is best for Wisconsin. Lawmakers are stymied over how to pay for road and bridge repairs…
“Looking into the details a little more, Wisconsin spends below the average for maintenance – $17,816 per mile as compared to a weighted average of $26,079 per mile. But Wisconsin spends 50% more than the weighted average on administrative costs per mile ($15,709 compared to $10,579) and 42% more for new roads and bridges ($122,272…