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Governor Evers Signs State Budget into Law, Makes Line-Item Veto Changes

03-Jul-2019

Governor Tony Evers has signed the two-year state budget, and used his line-item veto power on portions of the spending plan that was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last week. Evers signed the budget this (Wednesday) afternoon at the State Capitol, after receiving the budget late last week. Under state law, Evers had the option to sign the budget, veto the whole bill or use the line-item veto to remove parts of the bill. Evers said in a message to the legislature that the budget is “in many ways, insufficient”, but added that he opted against vetoing the budget in its entirety because it “would have been more of the same divisiveness and petty, political theatrics that the people of Wisconsin have had to put up with for far too long.”


Evers used his line-item veto authority 78 times on the budget. A major change in the budget is a 100 million dollar increase in school funding over the Republican proposal. The Governor's version also puts back funding to build new youth prisons and reduces or removes work requirements for low income assistance programs.


State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is generally pleased that the Governor made relatively few line-item vetoes to the budget, and thanked the governor for signing the budget – including “fully embracing the middle class tax cut.” State Senator Dan Feyen of Fond du Lac also commented, thanking the Governor for making the “responsible decision” to sign the budget into law.


Information from the Wisconsin Radio Network contributed to this report

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