Senate Passes 2021-23 Budget – But We Can Do Better

Sen. Smith Votes for Bipartisan Investments in K-12 Schools, Broadband, Roads & Tax Relief

MADISONSen. Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) voted in favor of the 2021-23 biennial budget today and released the following statement in response:

“The next two years are critical for Wisconsin to bounce back from the pandemic – this budget is a start in our recovery, but it can’t be the end.

“This budget has funding for schools – but we can do better.

“This budget has funding for health care – but we can do better.

“This budget has funding for broadband, roads, stewardship and tax relief – but we can do better.

“The Republican Majority rejected the People’s Budget and refused amendments to fix their mistakes. The people of Wisconsin are expecting more – and we can do more.

“Thanks to the economic recovery efforts championed by President Joe Biden and Governor Tony Evers, we have an abundance of funding available to expand broadband statewide, fix our broken school funding formula, expand BadgerCare and support working families. The budget introduced by Gov. Evers reflected these priorities, and I know he’ll do what he can with his veto pen to better meet the needs of Wisconsinites.”