Madison, WI… Representative Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua) released the following statement after Governor Evers delivered his State of the State Address.

“This evening Governor Evers delivered his annual State of the State Address. The Governor highlighted the State’s work with farmers through the farm support program. The farm support program was a good use of federal COVID-19 relief funds, and we saw the benefit of that program in the 96th district. I was happy advocate for this program with my fellow Southwestern-Wisconsin legislators.”

“Access to high-speed, reliable and affordable internet is important for the State of Wisconsin, especially in rural areas. I commend Governor Evers for allocating more than $100 million in federal relief funds for broadband expansion in Wisconsin. This adds to what Legislative Republicans allocated in the biennial budget; an investment of nearly $125 million.”

“Governor Evers mentioned that he would like to spend the state’s projected $3.8 billion dollar surplus on $150 dollar checks to Wisconsin residents, with the remaining amount going toward childcare, and $750 million in additional funding for education. I support allocating Wisconsin’s projected surplus in the next budget cycle, this allows every Wisconsinite to weigh-in on how these funds are distributed.”

“Wisconsin is back to pre-pandemic unemployment rates, and is actually at a lower unemployment rate than in 2019, with an unemployment rate of 2.8%. This is a great figure for the workforce of Wisconsin. I truly believe that if it wasn’t for the action of the State Legislature, challenging Governor Evers ‘Safer at Home’ order, the state’s workforce would not be in the place it is today, with better than pre-pandemic levels.”

“The 2021-2023 Wisconsin State Budget, crafted by Legislative Republicans, included a historic $3 billion tax cut for Wisconsin’s families and businesses. These tax cuts are great for the success of our state, I am glad Legislative Republicans were able to present a fiscally responsible budget that passed with bipartisan support, and signed by the Governor.”

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