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WI POLITICAL CLIFF NOTES: BADGERCARE, VETO ON TAX CUT BILL, LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

WI POLITICAL CLIFF NOTES: BADGERCARE, VETO ON TAX CUT BILL, LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is not going to convince the Republicans who control the State Assembly to expand BadgerCare, so he says he’s going to go around them.  The governor yesterday promised to make his case to the people.  Evers says it will be a good deal for the state to add 80-thousand people to the government healthcare rolls.  A new report says that’d actually cost Wisconsin taxpayers about 600-million-dollars. 

Democratic Governor Tony Evers is vetoing a GOP tax cut bill.  The bill vetoed yesterday would have tapped into state surplus funds to cut taxes for the middle class.  Evers called the measure fiscally unsound and lacking bipartisan support.  Republican lawmakers say Evers is being divisive for including caps on state tax credits for large manufacturers in his budget proposal. 

Governor Evers’ proposed budget will prioritize local roads and bridges over big highway projects.  Evers and his pick for transportation secretary Craig Thompson announced yesterday that funding local roads and bridges and preserving state highways will be the focus of the new transportation budget.  Thompson also faced a public hearing before a state Senate committee yesterday, gaining support from Republican committee chairman Jerry Petrowski.  Other Senate Republicans are more skeptical. 

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