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Gov. Tony Evers, flanked by Rep. Tyler August and Speaker Robin Vos, delivered his budget address Thursday night at the Capitol: "Equally important to insuring educational equity in Wisconsin, is ensuring improved police and community relations within our communities of color."

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' two-year budget, released Thursday, would raise the gas tax by 8 cents, raise the minimum wage by $1.75 per hour by 2021, implement automatic voter registration and repeal a number of high-profile initiatives enacted by Republican former Gov. Scott Walker.

Evers and Democrats say it's a "people's budget" based on input from listening sessions held throughout the state, but Republicans call it a "liberal wishlist." The parties will debate the $83.4 billion spending plan in the coming months.

Cap Times reporters Erik Lorenzsonn and Jessie Opoien recapped some of the major components of the proposal and talked about what will come next.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.