Governor Tony Evers has announced his budget for the next two years, and we applaud the Governor for proposing a budget that invests in the building blocks for Wisconsin’s growth and future prosperity. The budget makes important investments in creating healthier and more equitable communities, significantly increases funding for our schools, and take steps toward addressing the persistent racial disparities that exist in our state.

This budget proposal is a great first step, but procedurally it’s only the first step. We have a long way to go until this budget becomes a reality for kids and families. It’s now in the hands of state legislators, and they need to hear from you!

The state budget is extremely important for the kids and families of Wisconsin because it establishes our priorities as a state, from funding for education to expanding access to health care. The Joint Finance Committee has scheduled four public hearings around the state, so we need people like you to attend them and advocate that the legislature preserve investments that are crucial for Wisconsin kids and families.

We have included a link to a document that describes Kids Forward’s top priorities in the budget for children and families.

Here are the dates and locations for the upcoming hearings. All hearing are scheduled from 10am-5pm:

Friday April 5
Pontiac Convention Center
2809 N Pontiac Drive
Janesville, WI, 53545

Wednesday April 10
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 S Howell Ave
Oak Creek, WI, 53154

Monday April 15
UW River Falls, Riverview Ballroom
500 Wild Rose Ave
River Falls, WI 54022

Wednesday April 24
UW Green Bay, University Union Phoenix Rooms
2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI 54311

If you plan to speak at one of the hearings, please be prepared to summarize your priorities in two minutes. It would be great if you based your comments on Kids Forward’s list of priorities! Often times our inclination is to bring up something new and different. But in this case, the more times legislators hear the same thing from their constituents about the importance of investing in children and families the better!

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