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Wisconsin Republicans Already Rejecting Governor's Idea for Budget Surplus

Friday, January 28th, 2022 -- 10:00 AM

(Bob Hague, WRN) Governor Tony Evers’ proposal to spend part of a projected state budget surplus is being rejected right of the gate by Republican leaders in the Legislature.

The Democratic governor up for reelection in November, insists his plan to use more than one-and-a-half billion of the nearly four billion dollar projected surplus now is not an election year gimmick. “This is the people’s money. And sitting on the people’s money for another year-and-a-half, makes no sense.”

Governor Evers continued, “Sitting on the people’s money for another year-and-half makes no sense. We want to get it back to the people, especially in areas like . . child care and people who take care of loved ones at home. But also the direct payments to each one of them”

“We have a rainy day fund that’s full. We have in the general fund that’s over three billion dollars. We should be bringing that back to the people of Wisconsin, it’s real simple.”

Evers wants to use some one-and-a-half billion dollars on caregiver and child care credits, and a one-hundred-fifty dollar refund to every state taxpayer. Speaker Robin Vos calls that “an election year bribe.”

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