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Wisconsin's debate over the next state budget is far from over, but the spending plan outlined by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has strong support from advocates of older residents.

Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, said her group was encouraged to see provisions like a tax credit for family caregivers as well as $200 million to enhance broadband internet access.


  Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend $2.4 billion on building projects across 31 counties in Wisconsin over the next two years, with nearly a half of that going toward projects across the University of Wisconsin System.

Evers released his capital budget proposal on Monday. The state building commission is slated to vote on it next month, which would then send the plan to the Legislature’s budget committee which will then decide what to fund.

More than a third of Wisconsin’s 115,000 miles of drivable roads are considered to be in fair or below condition by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The ASCE gives Wisconsin an overall C grade when it comes to infrastructure in the state. Conditions they say will only get worse if something isn’t done soon.

ASCE Fellow Martin Hanson says with proper funding road conditions in the state can be improved, but it will take a lot of money over many years.

Governor Tony Evers says his budget plan will help Wisconsin “Bounce Back” and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He laid out his $91 billion state budget in an address Tuesday night. Evers started his address by acknowledging the worry many Wisconsinites are facing.

“Well, tonight, Wisconsin, I want to tell you this: it’s going to be ok. We are going to be ok,” said Evers.

Evers laid out what he called his “Badger Bounceback” agenda to help the state recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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People in the Wisconsin, and especially the Northwoods, want to see the state government continue to fund conservation and environmental projects in the state. That’s according to a recent public survey conducted by bi-partisan firms.

New Bridge Strategy and FM3 were hired by The Nature Conservancy to conduct the study.

The firms ask democrats and republicans around the state various question about the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.

The program was created in 1989 to support a wide variety of outdoor projects from trail building to water quality.

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With no public comments the Vilas County Board of Supervisors adopted their 2021 budget showing total expenditures of $37,923,593 and a tax levy of $17,441,243 with a tax rate of $2.36 per $1,000 of value, down slightly from this year’s rate of $2.47 per $1,000 of value.

The board also approved 2021 short term funding of $2,600,000 compared to $3,145,521 for 2020.


Wisconsin's child rebate program has done brisk business in it's first days of operation.

Governor Walker announced several weeks ago a portion of the $400 million state surplus was going to be refunded. The program officially opened this week. Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler describes how the rebate works... 

Budget Could Eliminate Educational Approval Board

Mar 30, 2015

A proposal to disband a board that oversees for-profit higher education is getting some pushback from those in the field. 

The Educational Approval Board, or EAB, oversees about 250 Wisconsin institutions.  Governor Walker wants to shift its duties into other agencies like the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 

But some educators think that’s a bad idea. 

Lawmakers To Hold Budget Listening Session in Rhinelander

Mar 18, 2015

Democratic lawmakers are coming to Rhinelander this weekend to hear what people in northern Wisconsin think about the governor’s proposed budget.

State Senator John Erpenbach of Middleton sits on the Joint Finance Committee.  He says Saturday’s listening session is an opportunity to hear from citizens of both parties.                 

“So there’s all sorts of aspects to the budget that affect everybody in the state from one aspect or another.  So we’re real curious to hear what people have to say about it, and any ideas that people have.”

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Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander Tuesday promoting the recently signed $68 billion state budget.

Walker said the key from his view was the budget provides tax relief...


"...if you're a taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin, there's about a billion dollars worth of tax relief...everybody who pays income taxes is going to see the rates go down. That's important for all of us as consumers..."