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 addressed several things, the state of Wisconsin’s infrastructure, the state’s workforce, mental health resources, what we can do protect our natural resources, and the current fiscal position of the state.”

“Wisconsin’s infrastructure is improving thanks to fiscally responsible budgeting, and historic investments in the state’s transportation budget by Legislative Republicans. I am proud to have supported the 2021-2023 Wisconsin State Budget that invested nearly $300 million in funding for the repair of Wisconsin’s roads and bridges.”

“Governor Evers also discussed the state of Wisconsin’s workforce. Wisconsin currently has the highest number of people employed in the history of the state. I will continue to advocate for the state’s Youth Apprenticeship, and Registered Apprenticeship programs. Going forward we will have to invest in childcare, making sure Wisconsin families and workers have access to this vital resource.”

“I applaud the Governor for bringing up the state’s mental health crisis. However, he failed to mention that his administration has a severe backlog in issuing licenses to professional workers in the state. The issue with the licensing backlog at the Department of Safety and Professional Services needs to be addressed by the Governor.”

“As Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environment I am looking forward to working on legislation, and administrative rules that go through my committee so that we can be sure Wisconsin residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. I will continue to advocate for programs like Farmland Preservation, and cover crop grants that are proven to reduce runoff, and protect Wisconsin’s groundwater.”

“The State of Wisconsin is in excellent fiscal shape, and I am eager to get to work on the next biennial budget. Thanks to responsible budgeting proposed by Legislative Republicans we have a record surplus, and record balance in the state’s rainy day fund. I would like some of the surplus to be sent back to Wisconsin communities and residents, in the form of local government aid and a tax cut.”

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