(The Center Square) – Republicans who will draft Wisconsin’s new state budget are asking Gov. Tony Evers to share his ideas with them.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, joined Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg and Senator Howard Marklein, R- Spring Green on Monday to sign a letter to the governor asking her to explain how he intends to spend Wisconsin’s $ 3.2 billion in stimulus funds.
“We invite you to meet with us to share your federal funding plans as soon as possible,” the letter said. “We look forward to adding your plans to the state budget discussion so that we can dedicate valuable state resources to the priorities of all Wisconsinites.”
The Evers government offered some outlines of how it intends to spend the coronavirus aid, relief and economic security law money, including rural broadband, aid small businesses and helping the state recover from the coronavirus. But he did not offer details.
Vos and LeMahieu suggested earlier this year spending stimulus money on tax cuts and paying off state debt, but the Evers government vetoed the plan.
“As we said, we need to know where federal funds are going so that we can direct state funds to where we need them,” the lawmakers wrote.
Born and Marklein head the powerful joint budget drafting committee. Both say they will begin the budget process on Thursday. Last week, Born and Marklein announced plans to cut nearly 300 coins from the governor’s proposed budget. Both of those things, the two said, were non-budget items like a vaping ban, an expansion of early voting, an increase in the minimum wage, and a ban on no-coup mandates.
“We will begin voting on the state budget on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Your comments indicated that you would provide us with your plans before we begin voting,” the authors wrote. “Therefore, we invite you to meet with us as soon as possible. We would be happy to meet at the Capitol anytime, with reasonable notice. We look forward to hearing about your plans, even though they are preliminary and awaiting advice and confirmation from the federal government. “
The letter states in bold and underlined letters: “This information is an essential part of our process.”