What to expect after Governor’s budget address: a “political showdown”

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MADISON (WKOW) — Governor Tony Evers will lay out his priorities for the next state budget Thursday, but he’ll face several roadblocks.

Republican leadership has criticized almost all of Evers’ proposals he’s released prior to his speech.

The governor’s budget is due July 1st, but several lawmakers have doubts it will pass on time with the anticipation of political showdowns and pressure to reach a deal.

The nonpartisan group Wisconsin Policy Forum said it’s possible the state could experience a budget stalemate, but it also wouldn’t be the first time. In 2017, former governor Scott Walker’s budget was stalled for two months over a debate on how to fund transportation.

Jason Stein, Research Director for the Policy Forum, said to plan for the political environment to be “tense” the next few months.

“We had two years of Democratic control and eight years of Republican control and now we’re moving into a world where the two parties have to work something out, but it’s a much more polarized environment than we’ve seen before,” said Stein.

Once lawmakers review Evers’ budget, they’re likely to make changes, though the governor will have the final say.

Evers can sign the bill, veto it entirely or use his powerful partial veto pen to make changes. While the Legislature could try to muster enough votes to override the governor by a two-thirds vote in the case of a veto, it’s something not successfully done in the state since 1985.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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