Republicans Scrap Evers' Priorities, Start Writing Budget

May 6, 2021

The Joint Committee on Finance held a budget hearing in Rhinelander before starting the budget writing process.
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Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' priorities, including legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes and expanding collective bargaining rights, have been killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.

Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget. Republicans essentially scrapped the Democratic governor's entire two-year proposal.

They instead are building off the current budget, The Joint Finance Committee voted to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals.

Evers, in a Thursday letter to Republican leaders, called gutting his budget “ill-advised.” Republicans say they are also eyeing a tax cut.