FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               February 17, 2021

Contact: Representative Rob Swearingen                                                                     (608) 266-7141



Rep. Swearingen Reacts to Governor Evers’ 2021-2023 Budget Address


Madison, WI – Last night, Governor Evers delivered his 2021-2023 biennial budget address, which focused on controversial policies and impractical hikes in spending. Representative Rob Swearingen (R – Rhinelander) released the following statement in response to Governor Evers virtual budget address.


“After taking a first look at the budget, I am disappointed that Governor Evers prioritized massive spending hikes and divisive issues that do not belong in the budget over issues affecting the taxpayers of the Northwoods. There’s no good reason to increase spending by $3.2 billion, repeal Act 10, and double people’s energy tax. This budget is a missed opportunity to help small businesses get back on their feet and our kids back into school. By increasing spending to unsustainable levels, this package spoils the budgetary accomplishments by Republicans over the past decade and presents new challenges to the citizens of Wisconsin.”


“I am pleased to see that Governor Evers is committed to expanding broadband access in rural areas. Year after year, broadband expansion remains a top priority amongst the hardworking people of the 34th Assembly District. After such a difficult year, it’s imperative that we remove unnecessary challenges to small businesses and educational opportunities. Instead, we should provide additional funds to connect rural communities across our state. I am hopeful that the Governor will follow through on his promise to deliver quality broadband access to Northern Wisconsin.”


“At a time when Wisconsin is in dire need of responsible fiscal management, the Governor’s budget represents the exact opposite. Governor Evers mentioned that there’s no time for false promises, yet completely pivoted on his own promise to not raise taxes. It is now up to the Legislature to work together, gather input from across the state, and repair the Governor’s dismal budget with one reflects the values of the Northwoods.”


Representative Swearingen represents the 34th Assembly District, which includes the Northwoods counties of Oneida, Vilas, Florence and portions of Forest.