WHITEFISH BAY, WI (Submitted to OnFocus) — Gov. Tony Evers today signed the 2021-23 Republican-authored biennial budget, now 2021 Wisconsin Act 58, providing one of the largest tax cuts in Wisconsin state history.
“I was pleased to see the Governor sign the 2021-22 biennial budget into law this morning. Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee worked hard to give Wisconsinites a budget that makes sense”, said Representative Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield). “The significant investments made into long-term care facilities and nurse educators are great for Wisconsin.”
The Republican budget invested nearly $170 million more into long-term care than the Governor’s recommendation.
“This historic tax-cutting, fiscally responsible budget crafted by the Republican legislature deserved to be signed into law. It’s unfortunate that Governor Evers decided to use his veto power to provide $50 million less for our state’s roads.”
Governor Evers proposed budget raised taxes by over $1 billion. The Republican budget cut taxes by more than $3.4 billion.
“Nevertheless, I am proud we were able to get bipartisan support while staying committed to our values and deliver on our promises.”
Evers also announced more than $100 million in new funding for public schools.
“In many ways, this budget presents a false choice between the priorities the people this state care about and deserve,” said Gov. Evers. “But after a long eight years of politicians making decisions for all the wrong reasons, I ran to be the governor of this state and promised I would always put people before politics—that I would always try to do the right thing, that I would work to find common ground, and that I would make decisions based on what’s best for our kids and our state.”
“This budget provides $2 billion in individual income tax relief over the biennium and approximately $1 billion annually going forward and newly provides tax relief to more than 1.6 million Wisconsin taxpayers as the state’s economy and families continue to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. When combined with prior reductions, 2.4 million filers will be receiving tax relief,” he added.
The 2021-23 biennial budget provides roughly $685 million in additional net general and categorical school aids and hits the mark for two-thirds funding in the next biennium for the first time in two decades.
A copy of the governor’s full veto message is available here.
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