Local legislators, officials weighed in on the state budget signed by Gov. Tony Evers, which included a number of partial vetoes:
Rep. Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha: “I support many of the changes that Gov. Evers made to the state budget, particularly the nearly $100 million additional investment in our education system, showing yet again our deep commitment to Wisconsin students and teachers.
“The governor signed this budget today with the understanding that we are still far from where we need to be, and there is more work for us to do.
“I hope that my colleagues across the aisle see that this governor is willing to work together to get things done. We still can do what is right for Wisconsin — expand health care coverage and close the dark store loophole to lower the tax burden on middle class families — if we can come together and seize those opportunities.”
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem Lakes: “Gov. Evers’ partial veto is a missed opportunity to connect the dots with his 78 vetoes. These vetoes take important local road funding away from our local government partners and diverts it to elective transportation initiatives and eliminates other well-vetted funding altogether.
Thankfully, the governor was able to sign most of the Wisconsin budget that passed the Legislature. The final product protects our priorities: We were able to balance the budget, prevent tax increases and deliver a middle class tax cut while investing in our public schools, providing quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare and fixing our roads.
“Gov. Evers and his administration are characterizing this as a ‘down payment for the people’s budget’ which would have raised taxes by over a billion dollars. I’m glad that my Republican colleagues and I were able to keep Gov. Evers’ overspending in check and deliver a reasonable budget that serves all of Wisconsin without breaking the bank.”
State Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers: “While it might not have been all that I hoped for, I am happy that this budget process is behind us, and more money for our community schools is definitely a good thing. I’m hopeful that we can now work together to do what’s best for the people of Wisconsin.”
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford: “Equitable compensation for our faculty and staff is a priority. The budget contains a pay plan which will provide compensation increases of 2 percent in each of the budget years. I appreciate the work of the Wisconsin Legislature and the governor’s office to include the pay plan increases.
“An upgrade to our campus fire safety system is part of the UW System capital budget. Advocacy from state legislators in our area was key to inclusion of this project in the capital budget. I appreciate their support of a safe learning environment at UW-Parkside.”