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Governor Evers signs budget with 78 partial vetoes

July 3, 2019

This morning Governor Evers signed the budget forwarded from the legislature, but added 78 partial vetoes. The end result is a budget that is a compromise between Evers' budget proposal and the bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. The entire veto messages is included below, but some of the primary items of interest include

The Story Of Wisconsin's Singular Partial Veto

June 28, 2019

The state budget has gone to the Governor's desk, and at this point, he has a choice of signing it, doing a full veto of the budget, or doing a  partial veto. The partial veto in Wisconsin is much more powerful than in most states. This article, originally published at WisContext, explains how the Wisconsin Governor has ended up with peculiar veto power (though somewhat less peculiar than it used to be).

Valuing Our Voices

Senator Jeff Smith
May 10, 2019

During the past two months, I traveled throughout the 31st Senate District and met with constituents to hear their thoughts on the budget introduced by Governor Tony Evers. I joined Governor Evers at listening sessions in Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Kenosha, Superior and sat alongside Joint Finance Committee (JFC) members in River Falls for a public hearing. These were opportunities to listen to the comments and reactions from hundreds of Wisconsinites.

Budget Listening Session in Eau Claire 4/16/2019

Tony Evers

Tony Evers Eau Claire Budget Listening Session

April 21, 2019

The Governor's Budget Listening Tour rolled into Eau Claire on April 16 at the Western Wisconsin Technical College. This session was unusual in several ways for Wisconsin. For one, it has been a long time since a Wisconsin Governor has held open listening sessions where the public was invited. For another, the new Governor held this somewhat differently than normal. After an address from the Governor, Lt.

Heavy Turnout at JFC Budget Hearing in River Falls

River Falls JFC Budget Hearing

April 17, 2019

Turnout was very heavy at the JFC Budget Hearing in River Falls on Monday. The general tone of this hearing was very different than the hearings during the Walker administration, as almost all of the testimony this time around was in favor of the Evers budget, which is much more liberal in its spending plans.

Wisconsin Budget Hearing Opening Remarks

WisEye Morning Minute: JFC 2019-21 Budget Agency Briefings Opening Remarks

April 4, 2019

The budget hearing process started today - opening remarks from Republicans and Democrats. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Leaders or Followers?

Senator Jeff Smith
April 2, 2019

Foxconn: The Hype and the Small Print

Kathleen Vinehout
July 31, 2017

Great News! A big tech company called Foxconn is coming to southeast Wisconsin and bringing with it a lot of new jobs. The new company will build a big factory and make flat screens for computers.

The Governor tells us the company will create 13,000 jobs that pay nearly $54,000. Other businesses will benefit because the company will buy things from Wisconsin businesses.

Got Budget? No - and this is not a good thing

July 14, 2017

Will Wisconsin’s Future Children Receive an Equal Education?

June 12, 2017
By Senator Kathleen Vinehout   Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes.  
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