(WFRV) – Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ priorities, including legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes and expanding collective bargaining rights, have been killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.
Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget. Republicans essentially scrapped the Democratic governor’s entire two-year proposal.
Among the items that were removed from the governor’s budget are:
- Legalize marijuana
- Raise the minimum wage
- Modernize the unemployment insurance system
- Allow undocumented Wisconsinites to get a driver’s license
- Reform the juvenile justice system and adult criminal justice system
They instead are building off the current budget, The Joint Finance Committee voted to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals.
“We simply cannot afford for politics to get in the way of making sure we can recover and bounce back from this pandemic. Republicans have obstructed our ability to beat this virus every step of the way, and now they’re playing politics with our economic recovery,” says Gov. Evers.
Evers, in a Thursday letter to Republican leaders, called gutting his budget “ill-advised.” Republicans say they are also eyeing a tax cut.
The full list of items that were removed from Gov. Evers’ budget can be viewed online.