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Wisconsin’s biennial budget proposal

We’re breaking down WI’s new budget proposal in less than 150 words.

WI state capitol

This proposal is step one in WI’s Biennial Budget process.

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Governor Tony Evers proposed Wisconsin’s biennial budget last week. We’re breaking down some main points in less than 150 words.

Due to Wisconsin’s record-breaking $7.1 billion surplus, Gov. Evers believes we’re “in the best fiscal position we’ve ever been in our 175 years of statehood.” Here’s what he’s proposing for the next two years.

  • $2.6 billion towards education — primarily for special education and mental health
  • $1.2 billion tax cut — an annual $200 decrease for the average taxpayer
  • $750 million towards broadband access — more accessible high-speed internet by 2025
  • $305 million for UW System — $130 million less than the UW System requested
  • 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave — starting in 2025 for qualifying residents
  • Increase minimum wage — with a goal of $10.25 by 2026
  • Expand the clean energy workforce — $14 million towards job training + environmental efforts
  • New legal system jobs — 100 assistant DAs + public defenders total at $51/hour each
  • Road repair and transportation funding — including $50 million/year for ongoing road + bridge repairs