Madison – Rep. Scott Krug (R-Rome) was underwhelmed with Governor Tony Evers’ budget presentation to the Legislature Thursday night.
“I’ve known Evers’ stated goal after the campaign was to find common ground with the Legislature. This budget proposal seems to back away from that promise.” said Rep. Krug. “It’s clear to me that some of these items are not going to draw bi-partisan support, and will more than likely drive members away from support.”
This session started out with the legislature reaching out to find compromise on items we agree upon including reducing income taxes, clean water initiatives and K-12 funding improvements. As the Chair of the Public Benefit Reform committee Rep. Krug joined his colleagues in being clear that they won’t support an increase in taxes or welfare expansion.
“We have the best economic situation going into a budget in state history. The last thing we need to see is a tax increase on job creators putting thousands of people back into the workforce with their continued investments.” said Rep. Krug.
As required by state law, the Governor’s request has been referred to the state’s budgeting-writing committee, the Joint Committee on Finance. The committee will soon hold listening sessions around the state to gather input on the budget.
“It’s now the legislature’s job to start working on the state budget. We will start by gathering input from constituents in the upcoming weeks,” said Rep. Krug. “My plan is to hold a lot of listening sessions between now and the end of June to gather input and keep everyone updated on the progress being made.”
Constituents can also contact our office and weigh in on the budget process by e-mailing Rep.Krug@legis.wi.gov or calling (608) 266-0215.