GREEN BAY, Wis. — Today, Governor Tony Evers and state Representative Kristina Shelton hosted a roundtable on rising costs and other economic issues with Wisconsinites from the Green Bay area. Gov. Evers has fought to help working families keep more of their money by signing a 15% income tax cut for most Wisconsinites, issuing an executive order banning price gouging at the gas pump, and delivering nearly half a billion dollars in tax cuts for small businesses.
Gov. Evers knows the job isn’t finished – that’s why he’s running for re-election to continue doing the right thing and delivering results for our state. Last week, Gov. Evers released his Doing the Right Thing Agenda which highlights how he is going to tackle rising costs.
Doing the Right Thing to Tackle Rising Costs:
- Gas Price Relief: Families need relief from record gas prices. That’s why he supports a temporary state gas tax holiday, with a clear end date and funding to backfill lost revenue for ongoing road and bridge repairs across the state. Gov. Evers also continues to support a repeal of the state’s Mandatory Markup law, which forces local gas stations to raise their prices by nearly 30 cents a gallon. This common sense measure has been supported by Republicans and Democrats and is long overdue to provide relief at the pump.
- Child, Dependent Care Tax, and Caregiver Credit: Caregivers feel the impact of rising costs even more, that’s why Gov. Evers is committed to providing relief. The governor supports an expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which will provide nearly $30 million in tax relief to more than 100,000 Wisconsinites. He will also continue to fight for a new tax credit for family caregivers, providing additional assistance to cover expenses incurred by those taking care of loved ones.
- Continuing to Support SeniorCare: In his first term, Gov. Evers secured an extension of Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program and expanded it to fully cover pharmacy vaccinations. He’ll continue to support this program and ensure Wisconsin seniors are able to access low-cost prescription drugs.
- Prescription Drug Price Relief: The rising cost of prescription drugs are a burden on too many Wisconsin families. During his first term, Gov. Evers worked to expand SeniorCare to fully cover pharmacy vaccinations. In his second term, Gov. Evers will build on the reforms he’s already implemented and continue to work to cap the costs of prescription drugs and increase transparency in drug pricing across the state. Gov. Evers also supports capping insulin copays at $35.
- Pushing for Federal Action on Gas Prices: Gov. Evers will continue to push for relief from the federal government, including a federal gas tax holiday. Additionally, Gov. Evers has requested a temporary waiver from EPA requirements that affect southeast Wisconsin, which would provide lower gas prices to that region. Gov. Evers also joined a bipartisan group of midwest governors to secure a nationwide ethanol waiver from the EPA in may.
- Income Tax Relief: Gov. Evers will use part of the state’s historic $5.4 billion surplus to continue directing income tax relief to working families who need it most and build upon the historic income tax relief in the governor’s first term.
Read more about his full plan here.