MADISON – This evening, Governor Tony Evers delivered his fifth State of the State Address to a joint meeting of the Wisconsin State Legislature. State Senator Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) released the following statement after the speech:

“Governor Evers continues to lead with a vision for a better and brighter Wisconsin. Thanks to his steadfast stewardship, we are entering 2023 with a surplus and the ability to invest more into child care statewide, PFAS mitigation programs and support, mental health services, and our continued economic recovery. The governor showed tonight that the state of our state is strong and he is committed to building on the incredible progress made during his first term.

“In his speech, the governor outlined some of the provisions for his 2023-2025 biennial budget. He announced a three-pronged plan that would expand PFAS monitoring and testing, invest in local cleanup efforts, and increase awareness about these forever chemicals. He also announced that he will be expanding on one-time pandemic funding to make child care more affordable and accessible all across Wisconsin. Additionally, the governor declared 2023 the Year of Mental Health and announced $500 million to expand access to mental and behavioral health services, especially for Wisconsin’s students and veterans. And as our “Education Governor,” he pledged to continue his historic investments in our public schools and support our teachers.

“Whether it is continuing our economic recovery by revitalizing our main streets or creating a friendly climate for new businesses, Governor Evers laid out a clear vision for how to keep up that momentum. Through the Main Street Bounceback grant program, the governor and his administration has helped more than 8,500 small businesses grow and find homes in empty storefronts in all 72 counties of Wisconsin. His tax relief plan will actually target the hardworking middle class, instead of giving handouts to millionaires. I am excited to see what he can do with another four years.

“As the governor always says, the will of the people is the law of the land. I’m proud to have a governor who leads with compassion and strength to make Wisconsin a better place.”

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