Thursday, March 11, 2021

Budget Listening Sessions

From State Senator Chris Larson (Dstrict 7):

Governor Evers released his 2021 budget proposal, which he dubbed the “Badger Bounceback.” In my opinion, it is one of the most forward-thinking, progressive budget proposals in decades. Much of it is based on feedback the Governor and his team received during a series of issue-focused listening sessions in late 2020.

There’s a lot to digest in such a sweeping document, but thankfully the administration is taking the show on the road - virtually- to share all the relevant details directly with the public. I encourage you to RSVP to attend as many of these six sessions as you can. I think everyone will find something to like, no matter their ideology or party affiliation. But don’t take my word for it - sign up and see for yourself! All sessions take place at 6:00pm on the dates listed below:

Thursday, March 18
Economic Recovery and Opportunity

Thursday, March 25
Accessible and Affordable Healthcare

Tuesday, March 30th
Transportation and Infrastructure 

Thursday, April 8
What’s Best for Our Kids 

Wednesday, April 14
Justice Reform and Marijuana Legalization

Wednesday, April 21
Climate Change and Environment

If you attend these sessions, I would love it if you reached out to my office to share the parts you are most excited, concerned, or skeptical about, and I will do my best to answer in kind. If I am not your state senator, I would encourage you to reach out to your state legislators, particularly if they are in the Republican Party, to let them know which provisions you are in support or opposition of, so they can make an informed decision on amendments and final passage.

This year’s budget debate will not be easy, and there will be lots of bumps in the road along the way. The more Wisconsin neighbors get involved in the process, the better the final product will be. I hope to see many of you very soon when this pandemic is finally behind us. In the meantime, mask up, stay safe, and I’ll see you on the other side!

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