MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted on a bill package that would dictate the spending of billions of dollars that the federal government allocated to Wisconsin as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in a stunning power grab that usurps Governor Evers’s authority to direct investment where it is most needed. Portions of the plan may not even be legal under federal legislation. Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement on today’s actions:

“Once again, Republicans have chosen to politicize the pandemic, this time with a blatant power grab to control how federal pandemic relief may be used in Wisconsin.  For months, Republicans refused to act in response to COVID-19. Now, they are using federal pandemic relief as an opportunity to showcase their contempt for the governor and their desire for absolute power.

Gov. Evers has invested Wisconsin’s CARES Act dollars wisely over the past year, ensuring relief reached our hardworking families, small businesses, health care providers, child care centers, and others who need it the most. I have confidence that the governor will do the same with Wisconsin’s ARPA funds by continuing to put the people of Wisconsin first.”