Tony Evers’ third budget again presses on rejected proposals like legalizing marijuana, expanding MedicaidPosted by On

In 2019 and 2021, Gov. Tony Evers submitted two-year budget proposals that significantly increased state spending and included a host of items on the Democratic wish list that Republicans who control the Legislature scrapped nearly wholesale.

After winning reelection last year, Evers was back Wednesday with another sweeping budget proposal. This time he’s again pressing the gas on requests Republicans have rejected in past budgets, some of which featured in his reelection campaign. Those include legalizing marijuana, raising the state’s minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, spending millions to address homelessness and extending background checks for firearm sales.

Legislative Republicans are all but certain to reject those proposals again. Assembly Speaker Vos, R-Rochester, told WisconsinEye in January that he expects the GOP-led Legislature to handle Evers’ newest proposal as they have the past two cycles — by stripping the budget down to its base and starting over.

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