MADISON – Governor Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address today highlighting the signing of the 2021-23 budget last week, which included one of the largest tax cuts in Wisconsin’s history and the governor’s announcement, more than US $ 100 million – To provide dollars in new funds for our children and schools.
Hello Wisconsin! Governor Tony Evers here.
Last week I signed the 2021-23 biennial budget. Even before signing this budget, I signed a bill for $ 2 billion in cumulative tax breaks for families and businesses in Wisconsin.
But when I ran for governor in 2018, I promised you I would cut taxes by 10 percent for Wisconsin’s middle-class families.
Well, last week I kept that promise and signed a bipartisan budget that will provide for one of the largest tax cuts in the history of the state of Wisconsin. That means I will be giving tax breaks to more than 1.6 million Wisconsinites in our state.
Well folks, investing in our schools and tax cuts are not mutually exclusive – and this budget does some of both.
I am proud that, after years of neglecting their promises, Republicans in the legislature have decided to work with me to restore our state’s commitment to two-thirds funding for our schools.
This is the first time in two decades that we have finally reached this mark.
Ultimately, vetoing this budget would not only have jeopardized that investment, it would have resulted in our children and schools losing $ 2.3 billion in federal funding when they need it most.
I’ve always said that what’s best for our children is best for our state. For this reason, when I signed the budget last week, I also announced that at a critical point in our state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, I would be transferring more than $ 100 million in federal funding to our children and schools.
This investment is a critical step in supporting our children and schools and ensuring that our state and economy can continue to recover.
This budget still leaves a lot of things open and, as always, there is still a lot to be done.
It’s time to get to work folks. And I hope you will join me.
Radio address audio file