Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, 608-266-3387
Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, 608-266-2056
Joint Finance Co-Chair Mark Born, 608-266-2540
Joint Finance Co-Chair Howard Marklein, 608-266-0703

“Our 11-bill plan for federal dollars reflects the priorities of the People of Wisconsin.”

Madison – Today, Legislative leaders Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Joint Finance Co-Chairs Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) sent 11 bills guiding the expenditure of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to Governor Evers for signature. They released the following statement:

“We passed these bills to make sure there is an actual plan for the funding coming from the federal government,” said Speaker Vos. “The governor announced some vague ideas in a press release, but we need a clear vision of how the funds will be prioritized to help Wisconsin continue to grow and thrive after the pandemic.”

“The Legislature did the hard work. We’ve listened to the people of Wisconsin and produced a detailed plan that delivers help to households and main street employers who struggled during government shutdowns,” Leader LeMahieu said. “Our plan also prioritizes long-term infrastructure improvements like broadband expansion and investment in local roads to benefit Wisconsinites for years to come.”

“Legislative Republicans have put together a package of bills that we know invest in the priorities of the residents of Wisconsin,” said Rep. Born. “Instead of continuing with his go-it-alone approach, Governor Evers should work with us and make these priorities a reality. Broadband expansion, small business assistance, aid to Wisconsin households, and investing in our infrastructure are just a few of the common sense ideas in this package where we can find common ground.”

“I have held several listening sessions in my Senate District, as well as Public Hearings as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance.  These bills reflect the priorities that I have heard from the people of Wisconsin,” Sen. Marklein said. “I have heard about things like roads, broadband and water issues more than anything else. These priorities are consistent with what the Governor has included in his budget.”

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