Governor Evers

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ reelection campaign reports that the Democratic incumbent raised $5 million through the first six months of the year and has more than $7 million cash on hand ahead of his bid for a second term.

Evers officially announced his reelection plans a month ago, but he’s been raising money for months ahead of the 2022 campaign.

His campaign announced the numbers Monday ahead of a filing deadline all candidates face on Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed Republican bills that would delay local redistricting efforts and prohibit Wisconsin police from enforcing any future gun control laws.

The governor said in his veto messages Friday that the redistricting bill creates too long of a delay in creating new maps, resulting in skewed maps that don't reflect current populations.

As for the gun bill, he said the measure would be unconstitutional because it would trump federal law.

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allocated $65 million in federal funds for loans to purchase paper mills in Park Falls and Wisconsin Rapids.

In his veto message, Evers said he supports efforts to provide long-term relief to Wisconsin’s paper industry.

However, he objects to using federal COVID relief money from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to fund the loans.

He gave two main reasons for this objection.

Gov. Tony Evers has signed the Republican-written state budget, enacting a spending plan that includes a $2 billion income tax cut.

Evers, a Democrat who is running for reelection next year, signed the budget Thursday.

However, he kept the income tax cut intact.

Evers opted to go along with the GOP-written budget with some changes through his vetoes rather than killing the entire plan, a move that would have put $2.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding for K-12 schools in jeopardy.

Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a package of Republican-authored bills that would have directed how the state would spend $3.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money.

Evers on Thursday also announced that up to $420 million in that money coming to the state would go toward a grant program targeting small businesses.

One of the bills he vetoed would have directed $200 million toward small businesses, an amount Evers said “won’t cut it for me.”

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says taxes on the typical Wisconsin home over the next two years would not increase quite as much under Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal as they would under current law.

As Evers proposed, the owner of a median-valued home, which is $197.200 this year, would increase by $22 the first year of the budget and $63 the second.

That is $12 less over two years than what property taxes are expected to increase under current law.

Governor reacts to court decision on masks

Apr 1, 2021

The Wisconsin Supreme Court this week overturned Governor Tony Evers mandate to wear masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

After the decision, the governor encouraged people to maintain social distancing and the wearing of masks.

“Disappointed with the ruling, but I’m asking the people of Wisconsin to continue on doing what they’re doing.”

Evers says while he doesn't agree with the ruling he does respect the authority of the court.

“I think it’s the wrong decision but at the end of the day, they’re the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and we’ll abide by it.”


Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bill that would have given Republican legislators oversight of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The governor vetoed the bill during a news conference Monday. He says legislative oversight of the money would have caused massive delays in getting it to recipients.

The governor says Wisconsin is slated to receive $5 billion in federal aid.

He says he will use about $1.35 billion to bolster tourism, support businesses, rebuild infrastructure and pandemic response efforts.

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout got off to a slow start.

At the end of January, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the state was among the bottom five in administering the vaccine.

But since then, Wisconsin has climbed the ranks.

Now, CDC data show more than 29 percent of the state’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, placing Wisconsin in the top 15 states for getting shots into arms.

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Gov. Tony Evers signed a bipartisan bill Friday morning intended to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Wisconsin.

He signed the bill at the Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau, after touring the facility.

The new law requires pharmacy benefit managers – the people who negotiate prices with drug manufacturers – to register with the state.

By requiring them to register and submit annual reports, Gov. Evers said the law will make this process more transparent.

Wisconsin Indian Education Association

Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget includes $400,000 to help local school districts that still have race-based mascots transition to another nickname.

In Wisconsin, officials say more than two dozen schools still have Native American mascots.

The proposal would create a program that would help schools with the process through grants.

The Weyauwega-Fremont School District stopped using the nickname “Indians” internally years ago, and phased out its headdress logo. But it wasn’t until 2020 that the district’s board of education voted to officially retire the mascot.

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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.

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.

Gov. Tony Evers plans to call on the Republican-controlled Legislature to join him in passing a two-year budget he is presenting as a “bounce back” plan to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Evers released excerpts from his speech before he was to deliver it in a pre-recorded message to the Legislature on Tuesday evening.

Evers planned to pitch his two-year state budget to the Legislature as a “Badger Bounceback” agenda as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year.