Evers Gives State Of The State Address, Born Calls It Disappointing

(Madison) In his State of the State address Tuesday night, Governor Tony Evers called on Republicans to return part of a projected budget surplus back to state residents. The Democratic Governor will sign an executive order, calling a special session of the Wisconsin Legislature to address his plan to spend about half of the state’s projected three-point-eight billion dollar surplus.

Evers wants to send 150 surplus rebate checks to each resident, provide 750 million dollars in additional funding for K-through-12 education, and provide 130 million dollars in child and caregiver tax credits. Republicans have already called the plan an election year gimmick, and have failed to take action on any previous special sessions called by the governor.

State Representative Mark Born says the governor’s address was disappointing. The Beaver Dam Republican says the governor used the podium to take credit for efforts he fought against. Born said in a statement:

“Governor Evers proposed increasing taxes by over $1 billion, and when Republicans passed a $3.4 billion tax cut, he vetoed over $1 billion of this relief for our families and local businesses.

“Meanwhile, Governor Evers’ address failed to offer real solutions to the biggest issues facing our state, such as the worker shortage. Instead, he blamed our business community for inflation and attacked our state’s job creators. He ignored that public assistance programs have ballooned under his policies, which has contributed to keeping workforce participation lower than pre-pandemic.

“While Governor Evers continues to double down on his election year gimmicks, Republicans are committed to finding meaningful solutions to the challenges that our families, communities and businesses face. We will continue to advocate for getting people back into the workforce; supporting our law enforcement and public safety community; defending parents’ rights; and protecting our citizens’ freedoms.”

 

WRN contributed