Evers Wants to Borrow $70m for Water

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water contamination during his first year in office. That according to a report by the Associated Press. The full budget proposal won’t be revealed until the end of the month but Evers and his staff have leaked portions to the news agency in advance. The borrowed money would be given away as grants for local governments to reduce pollution, cleaning up contaminated soil along the Milwaukee and St. Louis rivers, and loans to municipalities to cover half the cost of replacing lead pipes.

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