Assembly Republicans said they could support some of the governor’s proposed uses for the money but want some changes. It is not clear whether the Senate Republicans support the GOP proposal of the assembly.
First, Republicans want the Assembly to see the governor provide $ 1 billion in direct payments to Wisconsin property owners for a 10% property tax refund.
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“The people hardest hit by the pandemic, the hardworking taxpayers in Wisconsin, should receive additional government aid from the pandemic fund,” Born said. “This is your money, and we believe you can spend it better than Governor Evers.”
The Republicans are also increasing the commitment to broadband expansion. GOP lawmakers said they want to see $ 500 million of recent federal broadband incentives, more than the up to $ 200 million Evers proposed Monday. Republicans say the proposal will expand broadband to 95% of the state. About 25% of rural residents, or about 430,000 Wisconsinites, do not have high-speed broadband.
However, Evers has also proposed spending $ 200 million in the state budget on broadband expansion, and it is not yet clear whether the money in the federal incentive law would replace or complement the funding Evers requested for the state budget.
Republicans also declined to say whether spending federal incentive dollars on broadband would reduce the need to fund such programs through the state budget, which lawmakers are expected to pass this summer.