Stories tagged: "state budget"


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), center, is flanked by Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), left, and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) during a press conference before an attempt to override 
Gov. Tony Evers' veto of a bill to prematurely end the $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
Unemployed Wisconsinites Will Keep $300 Boost After Republicans Fail to End It

The vote to override Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of the bill failed along party lines. The boost will remain until its original September expiration date.

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs the Reublican-written state budget that includes a $2 billion income tax cut on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
‘So Disappointing’: Advocates Hope for Justice Reform, School Funding, and More Broadband Expansion After State Budget Falls Short

Justice reform, school funding, and broadband expansion are still in need of action, advocates say.

Eau Claire city officials announced Monday that PFAS levels higher than allowable limits were discovered in four of the city’s 16 wells that provide city residents with drinking water. The city is among about 70 sites in Wisconsin where PFAS contamination has been discovered. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
A Quarter of Eau Claire’s Municipal Wells Have PFAS Contamination, City Announces

City shuts down four of 16 wells after tests show elevated levels of harmful PFAS.

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs the Reublican-written state budget that includes a $2 billion income tax cut on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
‘Isn’t Good Enough for Our Kids’: Evers Signs GOP Budget Despite Concerns

Governor reluctantly signs a budget that uses the state's surplus on tax cuts rather than education and infrastructure.

Sen. Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska) speaks ahead of the Wisconsin Senate's vote to pass the 2021-23 state budget. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
Faced With Billions of New Dollars, GOP Lawmakers Make ‘Minimum Investments’ As Budget Goes to Evers’ Desk

Despite a massive, unexpected surplus, Republican lawmakers opted to spend the vast majority of the money on tax cuts. The ball is now in Evers’ court.

Gary and Patty Edelburg operate a 120-cow dairy herd near Amherst and have struggled in recent years to make ends meet amid continued low and volatile milk prices. The Edelbergs support a proposal announced last week by Gov. Tony Evers to include $43 million in spending on multiple agriculture initiatives in the 2021-23 state budget that will be finalized later this year. (Photo courtesy of Patty Edelburg)
The Economy May Be Improving for Some Sectors, but Not for Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers

Coronavirus relief aid didn’t fix longtime challenges facing the state’s agriculture industry.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) speaks Tuesday ahead of the Assembly's vote on the 2021-23 state budget. He described the Republican-authored budget as "forward-looking" because it centers on a massive tax cut rather than spending more money on services like schools. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
‘Back to Basics’ or ‘Forward-Looking’? Divided Assembly Passes Budget After Hours of Debate

Republicans heralded their budget as a game-changer due to its focus on cutting taxes, but Democrats were quick to point out missed opportunities to use the state’s historic surplus.