Evers Faces Challenge with Balancing Budget Requests

Early estimates show a hefty price tag for next year’s state
budget, as a Department of Administration report shows that if every budget
request was passed – the state would be short about $1.1 billion over the next
two years. That includes payments for schools, prisons, Medicaid, and other
government operations. 

State agencies submitted about $2.2 billion worth of
increases, despite Governor Walker’s request for no spending increases. Most of
that increase came from the Department of Public Instruction. 

Evers will be
charged with submitting a balanced budget for the next two years – but he is
under no obligation to fulfill agency budget requests.