FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                
July 3, 2019
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2418

Steineke Reacts to Evers’ Signing of the WISCONSIN Budget

MADISON – Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) released the following statement following Governor Evers’ partial veto of the WISCONSIN Budget:

“Following the incredibly vigorous work the legislature did throughout the spring to craft a budget that does so much for every single Wisconsinite, I am happy to see that Governor Evers saw reason on many of our initiatives and decided to sign our right-sized, conservative WISCONSIN budget.

“When the governor introduced his budget proposal this spring, we knew there was a lot of work to be done. From increasing taxes by over $1 billion to expanding welfare programs to providing tuition breaks to undocumented individuals, there was a lot in the so-called ‘People’s Budget’ that did not align with the priorities of the people of Wisconsin. Perhaps that’s why he decided to hold his signing ceremony in the heart of Madison, instead of somewhere outside his liberal bubble.

“I am proud that our WISCONSIN Budget, which rejected Evers’ liberal wish list of items and provides resources for our mutual goals like fixing our roads, investing in our students and schools, and providing quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare, is now the law of the land. Republicans traveled throughout Wisconsin, holding over 200 public listening sessions and receiving over 40,000 budget survey responses in order to create a budget that best serves Wisconsin families, businesses, and communities. I can confidently say that we did exactly that with the WISCONSIN Budget.

“While our conservative budget is a win for the state, I am disheartened by the lack of consideration northeast Wisconsin communities received through Governor Evers’ veto process. Through his pen, the governor has jeopardized projects like the Green Bay Correctional Institute, Veterans Memorial lift bridge in Kaukauna, and a new interchange on I-41. I am disappointed that, once again, it seems Governor Evers is focused solely on his base in Milwaukee and Madison to the detriment of the rest of the state.

“Looking forward, I will continue finding common ground on the things that unite us while remaining committed to my and my voters’ values and priorities. As always, I will continue working to do what’s right for my constituents and Wisconsinites as a whole.”

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