We finally see what Gov. Tony Evers wants to do with Wisconsin’s budget. Taxin’ Tony has proposed: increasing taxes by $1.2 billion, a $2 billion structural deficit and an 8.3 percent increase in spending.

His budget also grows government by creating 700 new government jobs. These proposals come from the guy that promised no tax increases during his campaign. We can’t believe anything he says.

He also wants to expand Medicaid, something that is not needed in Wisconsin. Twenty percent of Wisconsinites are already on BadgerCare. Currently, only 5 percent of Wisconsinites are uninsured, and insurance plans are available on the federal exchange for as low as 18 cents per month. Expanding Medicaid would drive up health care costs for those with private insurance $177 per individual and up to $700 for a family of four.

Sen. Darling and Rep. Nygren were correct when they stated, “Evers’ budget is unsustainable, irresponsible and jeopardizes the progress we’ve made in the last eight years.”

Thank goodness for the Republican-controlled legislature. They have removed most of Evers’ tax increases, including his gas tax increase of 12 cents per gallon. The Republican budget also freezes UW tuition for an eighth consecutive year. It also increases investments in education to $12 billion, it contains a 13 percent increase for special education and over $20 million for student mental health services.

Republicans know the answer to every problem can’t be to just spend more money. Thankfully, we have Republicans to reign in Evers’ bloated budget.

Erin Decker

Silver Lake

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