The clock is running on Governor Tony Evers after the Wisconsin Legislature approved the 2021-2023 state budget Wednesday night. Both houses passed the budget on a bipartisan basis with the Assembly voting 64-34 in favor of the legislation on Tuesday and the Senate sending it to the Governor’s office after a 23-9 vote. The budget ignored proposals by Governor Evers to legalize marijuana and expanding Medicaid, but it does include a $3.4 billion tax cut. The tax cut is a large part of why State Rep. Joel Kitchens signaled his support for the budget last month.
After the Senate passed the measure on Wednesday night, state Senator Andre Jacque urged the governor to sign the budget, highlighting state tax relief, a number of northeast Wisconsin projects, help for the most vulnerable, and other investments as reasons to approve it. Governor Evers has six days excluding Sunday to act on the $87 billion budget, which could include some partial vetoes, before it automatically becomes law.
Picture courtesy of State Senator Andre Jacque
STATEMENTS FROM OTHER STATE LEADERS
Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz
Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley