Rep. Meyers’ Statement on State Budget Vote

State Representative Beth Meyers issued the following statement in response to the Wisconsin State Assembly’s passage of the 2021-2023 State Budget.

“My vote to approve the Budget is a step in the right direction for our state as we continue to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I am disappointed that many of the big-ticket issues that folks in my district have been contacting me about for months, are not included in the finalized budget,” said Meyers.

Much of Governor Evers’ original budget was changed due to actions by the majority party throughout the last four months. Initiatives that have the overwhelming support of Northern Wisconsin residents, such as Medicaid Expansion, climate change research, a historic investment in K-12 education funding, an increase of $200 million in broadband expansion funding, and the creation of a Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board, were significantly reduced or eliminated during the budget negotiation process.

However, there are still provisions included in the final version of the budget which are beneficial to Northern Wisconsin. While the increase in funding for K-12 education was not nearly as significant as what was originally proposed, the budget still included substantial investments to our Wisconsin school systems. It also includes significant increases in funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program that much of Northern Wisconsin has come to rely on for conservation initiatives, as well as a $125 million investment to broadband funding. This budget also reduces property taxes by $650 million, resulting in a reduction of about $100 this December.

“This budget should serve as an example of what we can do when we work together in the legislature. I am hopeful once these funding levels become law, we can continue down the path of recovery.”

The Budget Bill now heads to the Senate for a vote. From there, it will head to the Governor’s desk for final approval.

 

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