During a packed budget signing ceremony, Evers applauded investments for K-12 schools, transportation, broadband, workforce housing and PFAS contamination.
Schools will get an additional $325 per student in each of the next two fiscal years under the budget approved by Republicans. In a surprise move, Evers used his line-item veto to give school districts the ability to collect an additional $325 per student annually for the next 402 years.
Before signing the budget, Evers chided Republican state lawmakers, who he claims “failed to meet this historic moment” at a time when the state has a record budget surplus.
“They sent the budget back to my desk without making critical investments in key areas that they know and have acknowledged are essential to the success of our state,” Evers said. “And they did so while providing no real justifications, any kind of substantive debate or any meaningful alternative. That decision is, to put it simply, an abdication of duty.”