Gov. Tony Evers says increasing shared revenue would be a top priority if reelected


Gov. Tony Evers stated growing shared income for municipalities throughout the state can be a prime precedence for him if he wins his reelection bid this November. 

Talking at a Milwaukee Press Membership occasion Tuesday, Evers stated he needs to “reset” the state’s relationship with cities and counties. 

“We’ve got to extend shared income. Easy as that. That will likely be my prime precedence,” Evers stated. “There’s solely a lot they (municipalities) can do with out cash.” 

Shared income, which is the most important state help program for native municipalities, has been reduce for a number of years. Mixed with state income limits, the decline is main officers in Milwaukee to make powerful finances cuts and pushing municipalities throughout the state to go to referendum asking voters for extra funds to pay for companies. A 2021 op-ed from the mayors of Madison and Brookfield stated shared income has been reduce incrementally by $94 million since 2003. 

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson additionally stated town might have obtained an extra $155 million {dollars} for its 2023 finances if shared income had stored up with inflation.

Evers stated Tuesday he needs to extend shared income by 10 p.c within the subsequent two years, if reelected. 

“That is going to be a big, vital enhance, contemplating they (municipalities) bought zero p.c through the years previous to that,” Evers stated. 

Evers added that growing shared income will even assist deal with crime in locations like Milwaukee, the place homicides are on tempo to set one other report this yr. 

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Evers’ opponent Tim Michels has stated he plans to extend state funding so police departments can rent extra law enforcement officials. Michels’ “Again the Blueprint” plan requires a 50 p.c enhance in police workplaces within the state’s most “harmful neighborhoods” in a single yr.

Evers additionally used his go to to Milwaukee to reiterate his assist for entry to authorized abortion. He stated he would not signal an abortion ban invoice that created exceptions for sexual assault and incest. Evers’ feedback come weeks after Michels stated that he would signal such a invoice if elected governor.

“No, I would not signal it as a result of that leaves the underlying regulation in place, which is a ban on abortion right here,” Evers stated Tuesday.

Entry to authorized abortion has been in sharp focus for voters because the Dobbs determination overturning Roe v. Wade. That call means an 1849 abortion ban has gone into impact throughout Wisconsin. 

Michels not too long ago modified his stance on the difficulty after he stated the 1849 abortion ban was an “actual mirror” of his place. 

In latest months, Evers has tried to safeguard abortion rights throughout the state. 

The Milwaukee go to comes days earlier than the candidates are set to debate one another for the primary and solely time. 

A latest CBS Information Ballot discovered Evers and Michels have been tied within the gubernatorial race. That ballot discovered the financial system, inflation and crime have been the highest three points for voters in Wisconsin this yr.