Democratic Gov. Tony Evers kicked off the state budget season Thursday with a sweeping set of proposals that would raise the state’s gas tax and undo many of the changes enacted under eight years of GOP rule — eliciting wholesale rejection from Republicans who control the Legislature.
Evers’ $83.5 billion budget increases total spending nearly 10 percent from his predecessor’s last budget proposal and includes a barrage of measures embraced by liberals nationwide. The governor’s plan also would seek to fund what Democrats have criticized as long-neglected areas, such as funding for the state’s roads and public schools.
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The governor calls for raising the gas tax by 8 cents and undoing several laws put in place by his predecessor.
The increase would be partially offset by eliminating the minimum markup on motor fuel, a "hidden tax" that could save drivers as much as 14 cents per gallon.
Gov. Tony Evers is looking to revamp the funding formula for the state general aid and increase special education funding by $606 million as part of his two-year education spending package.
Wisconsin would join most states in adopting a full Medicaid expansion under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' budget.
The proposal, which would go further than the self-imposed goals of almost all utilities, is part of a budget that would also significantly increase state funding for renewable energy and conservation.
Evers' budget calls for creating a plan to find out where Wisconsin residents are being exposed to the widespread health hazard.
After years of tight levy limits, Gov. Tony Evers is proposing a series of budget changes that would let local governments raise more funds and have the state provide more revenue to municipalities and counties.
Proposal calls for moving money and jobs to help fledgling industrial hemp program take off and farmers switch to organic operations