Contact: Rep. Tony Kurtz
MADISON – Yesterday, Rep. Tony Kurtz, along with his colleague in the Wisconsin State Assembly, voted to advance the Biennial Budget. The budget passed the Assembly 60-39.
The 2019-2021 budget is not perfect, but it is a great compromise.
“Over the course of the process, I heard from hundreds of my constituents, and they made it clear to me that priorities for our district included adequate funding for transportation, education, healthcare, and our natural resources,” said Rep. Kurtz. “The challenge was to balance those funding priorities without further burdening the taxpayer and that was done in this budget.”
This budget gives over $90 million for the Local Road Improvement Program, tripling the current level. It inserts an additional $500 million in K12 education and increases per pupil aid, special education funding and doubles student mental health putting an extra $13 million into the school districts of the 50th Assembly District. More than $150 million is being invested in caregiver wages and $74 million in our nursing homes. The 400 and Elroy-Sparta Trail repairs are completely funded. In addition to these priorities, the budget also provides some income tax cuts and some property tax relief.
“This was a long, tedious process, but in the end, this budget is something that every resident of the 50th Assembly District stands to benefit from and because of that, it is a budget I supported,” said Rep. Kurtz.
The budget bill will be debated today in the state Senate for a vote before heading to the governor’s desk.