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State of the State leaves local rep encouraged

The upcoming state budget could have you seeing more money go toward concerns like mental health, education, and water clean-up. On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers presented some of his ideas for the 2023-2035 budget as a part of his State of the State Address in Madison. With an expected $7.1 billion budget surplus, the Democratic governor outlined plans for redirecting more state aid to local governments and school districts and millions of dollars to address PFAS water contamination and mental health services. Rep. Joel Kitchens of Sturgeon Bay believes Governor Evers and Republicans agree on many areas the state needs to address. They just need to get to a point where they can negotiate and work together.

Kitchens was happy to see the Governor’s plan to dedicate $20 million to improving reading skills at Wisconsin schools. He had several bills vetoed by Governor Evers last session that would have addressed the issue by overhauling the state’s current reading-readiness assessment program. You can watch Governor Evers’ State of the State Address and the Republican response by Speaker Robin Vos below.

 

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