On Thursday night, Governor Evers unveiled the most expensive budget in state history. It will cost an astounding $84 billion to pay for it all. That's a $7 billion increase from the last budget. While I agree on some issues Governor Evers included in his budget plan, I have serious questions about how he pays for them.
Wisconsin can’t afford Tony Evers' liberal wish list budget. He’s spending our record surplus and billions more. His budget increases spending by $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in our state, raises taxes, and eliminates the reforms that worked over the last eight years. Governor Evers is digging another hole that Republicans will again have to fill.
It’s important to point out that the reason Wisconsin is in such great shape financially is because of the responsible budgeting of Republicans. According to Governor Evers' own estimates, his spending will leave a negative structural balance of $833 million. We just can't afford that much spending. If Governor Evers is serious about passing a bi-partisan budget, he needs to get serious about your money.
I am willing to work with the governor, I won’t let him take us back to the dark days of 2009. Back then, our state faced a multi-billion structural deficit, taxes were going up by double-digits, and the unemployment rate was above 9%.
After eight years of Republican reforms, we are in much better shape. Our budget has a $2.4 billion surplus, property taxes are lower now than they were in 2010, and our unemployment rate has stayed at or below 3% for 11 straight months. We can't let Tony Evers' spending spree and tax hikes take us back.
Republicans in the legislature have set the stage for a great budget, but Governor Evers is jeopardizing the continued surpluses, increased revenues, historic tax cuts, and expanded economic opportunity created by making fiscally responsible decisions. Some of those decisions were not easy, but time has shown that they worked.
Our next step is a thorough review of the Governor’s budget by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. I am looking forward to travelling around the state to help craft a budget that works for all of Wisconsin.
As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at