Treasury Gives Evers Extra $2.4 Billion to Spend

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — Even though the increase is less than expected by almost $300 million, new Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers will have about $2.4 billion more taxpayer money to spend this year than was available last year. Democrat Evers has until the end of February to submit his plan for spending roughly $52 billion to the Republican-controlled Legislature. The governor’s office issued a statement faulting Republicans for their priorities over the past eight years, claiming schools have been underfunded, the state’s criminal justice system is in “crisis”, ignoring transportation needs, and favoring the wealthy over the middle class in tax policy. Republicans responded to the tirade by taking credit for the good budget news saying their management of state government the past eight years allowed Evers to inherit “the best budget scenario in a generation.” Since 1999, only two budgets were projected to have more than $1.5 billion in new revenue and neither was as high as the one ahead of Evers. Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, the budget committee co-chairs, said “Wisconsin’s finances are in great shape. No amount of spin or rhetoric can change the facts.”

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