As Wisconsin voters flock to the polls tomorrow, the choice at the top of the ballot will be clear: Governor Tony Evers is doing the right thing for Wisconsinites while Tim Michels tries to divide and drag the state backward.
Here are the differences between Gov. Evers and Tim Michels:
- On the economy:
- Governor Evers knows the importance of supporting working families, small businesses, and family farms. He’s led Wisconsin to historic low unemployment, delivered a 15% tax cut for the middle class, and directed over a billion dollars in grants and economic support to thousands of small businesses and family farms across the state. Thanks to Gov. Evers, Wisconsin families and small business owners have more money in their pockets and are in stronger financial shape today.
- Tim Michels is a Connecticut multi-millionaire who has nothing in common with ordinary Wisconsinites. His flat tax proposal would only benefit Wisconsin’s wealthiest residents at the expense of working-class folks.
- On education:
- Governor Evers has always believed that what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state. He passed a historic increase to fund K-12 at the highest level in nearly two decades and made critical investments to support the UW college system and technical colleges. And he’s not stopping there — Gov. Evers has a plan to keep investing more in special education, financial literacy, mental health, and smaller class sizes.
- Tim Michels is radical and wrong on education. He’s called increased funding for our schools “the definition of insanity” and said he’s open to reducing funding for public schools by as much as 40%.
- On abortion:
- Governor Evers trusts women to make reproductive health care decisions for themselves without having to ask politicians for permission. Shortly after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Gov. Evers called a special legislative session to repeal Wisconsin’s archaic criminal 1849 abortion ban, and supported Attorney General Josh Kaul in filing a lawsuit to challenge the 1849 ban. He’s also called on the Wisconsin state legislature to provide a pathway for voters to weigh in on this issue.
- Tim Michels has said the 1849 criminal abortion ban — which has no exceptions for rape or incest and would throw doctors behind bars — is an “exact mirror” of his position. Michels has also said “it’s not unreasonable” to force victims of rape to give birth and said he would tell 12-year-old pregnant rape victims their pregnancy was “created by God.” And he’s funded extreme anti-abortion groups that oppose all forms of contraception and IVF and support total abortion bans without any exceptions.
- On voting rights:
- Governor Evers believes the will of the people is the law of the land and has vetoed over a dozen bills that would make it harder to vote and disproportionately impact communities of color, senior citizens, and those living with disabilities.
- Tim Michels has said he would sign the voting restrictions Gov. Evers vetoed, making it harder for voters with disabilities, people of color, and senior citizens to participate in future elections. And just last week, Michels even admitted he would undermine the will of Wisconsin voters in future elections, saying, “Republicans will never lose another election in Wisconsin after I’m elected governor.”
- On public safety:
- Governor Evers has invested over $100 million in public safety efforts across the state and is committed to keeping families safe. He has directed funding to every local and tribal law enforcement agency in Wisconsin, increased pay for state troopers, and plans to build on these investments in his next term by providing additional funding to allow local governments to fund police, fire, and emergency services.
- Tim Michels said he would consider cutting funding from communities and local governments when they need it most, and his running mate has slashed funding from Gov. Evers’ budget that would have improved public safety. He also supports a radical anti-gun safety agenda that will enable criminals and endanger Wisconsin law enforcement.