Evers receives state budget from Legislature, giving him six days to act

Governor Tony Evers has received the state budget passed by the Legislature this week, setting into motion the time period he has to issue possible vetoes. So far, the governor has not tipped his hand as to what his veto strategy might be. After signatures from Senate and Assembly leaders, the budget bill has been enrolled and sent to Evers, who will have to act within six days (not including Sundays). The deadline is not impacted by the Independence Day holiday, so Evers will have to act on the document by Friday, July 5.

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Legislative Update: June 7

The Joint Finance Committee voted this week not to use federal Medicaid funds available under the Affordable Care Act, which would have resulted in an additional $1.6 billion investment in health programs and freed up state funds to support schools and roads. Also, an analysis of the education budget passed through the Joint Finance Committee last week shows that students enrolled in private voucher schools would again receive higher per-pupil payments than public school students.

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Joint Finance Committee passes education budget that provides just a fraction of what Evers has requested

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Thursday voted – 11-4 along party lines – to advance an education budget providing a fraction of what Governor Tony Evers proposed: a $500 million increase, versus the $1.4 billion Evers has proposed in his People’s Budget. “Politicians don’t stand face-to-face with children who need extra help,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “They don’t spend hours in the evening communicating with families to make the difference for students. They don’t accept declining pay and benefits and increasing stress for the privilege to educate. But we do.”

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