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Gov.-elect “confident” to increase education budget by 10% despite GOP doubts

MADISON (WKOW) — Governor-elect Tony Evers is remaining confident he will increase funding for Wisconsin public schools by 10 percent despite GOP leaders having doubts.

Evers proposed a $1.4 billion education budget as the State Superintendent back in September when state agencies submitted their spending plans.

It’s a proposal he hopes to keep as the next governor even though GOP leaders, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald didn’t seem confident last week. Speaker Vos shot down the proposal assuming it would only work if there was a massive tax increase to pay for it.

“It literally cannot be accomplished without either taking from some to give to another or a massive tax increase,” said Vos last week when speaking to reporters.

Evers said while visiting hundreds of students at a vocational training center in Coloma that it’s “reasonable.”

“My goal is to go forward with the budget I have… it’s property tax neutral,” said Evers.

He also added that he’s open to discussing any ‘in between points’ going forward with GOP leaders. His proposed budget would increase funds by $339.8 million the first year, and $1.1 billion increase the second year.

The Democrat was also asked if he has plans to push a transportation proposal before his inauguration, but he didn’t provide any specifics.

“It’s my plan to bring people together to develop that proposal – not to say, here’s my solution –  let’s jump on that,'” said Evers.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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