Based on recent estimates, Wisconsin begins this budget with an additional $1.8 billion to spend. Not only does Governor Evers' budget spend that surplus, he also raises taxes more than $1 billion, increases spending another $6 billion, and borrows $2 billion.
Making matters worse, the governor refuses to negotiate and prioritize his budget. He's taking an "all or nothing" approach. This week, Governor Evers tried to push his $2 billion in borrowing through the state's Building Commission and failed. Republicans won't support that level of bonding, but we will support many of the important projects in the plan.
However, Tony Evers made it clear he isn't serious about working with Republicans. It's disappointing that he continues to refuse to compromise and negotiate - another broken promise from the fall.
It's clear the governor refuses to be responsible with your money. We will.
Republicans will deliver a budget that continues to fund priorities like education without the governor's tax hikes.