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Gov. Tony Evers is doing the right thing for Milwaukee County and all of Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers is doing the right thing for Milwaukee County and all of Wisconsin. Under his leadership, 538 Milwaukee County small businesses have opened their doors or expanded and Milwaukee County businesses have received an additional 18,646 grants to help pay bills, stock shelves, hire employees, and more. Gov. Evers has also delivered on his promise to do what’s best for our kids by directing $17,037,817 in additional funding to Milwaukee County schools. He has made meaningful investments in public safety, and directed over $33,374,753 in funding to help prevent violence and address crime in Milwaukee County. Across Wisconsin, Gov. Evers continues to deliver results. 86% of Wisconsinites have received a 15% income tax cut or more, unemployment is at historic lows, and our schools are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Gov. Evers has brought Republicans and Democrats together to do the right thing for communities and families in Milwaukee County, and he’s just getting started.

Gov. Evers Delivers for Milwaukee County

Gov. Evers visited the Dominican Center in Milwaukee to announce a $75 million investment into two grant programs to support small businesses and economic development across the state. The Diverse Business Assistance Grant program and the Diverse Business Investment Grant program will provide technical assistance and services to businesses that have historically had limited access to capital and are owned by members of communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Evers invested more than $19.7 million in Milwaukee’s transit services. This money will help Milwaukee residents get to work, school and job training, medical appointments, and other activities, especially low-to-middle-income residents, individuals with disabilities, and communities of color who disproportionately depend on public transit.

Gov. Evers provided a grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee of up to $3.3 million to support their Ready Center Collective (RCC). The RCC engages the area’s youth in career counseling, occupational skills training, and internship and apprenticeship experiences.

Gov. Evers directed more than $8 million to the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention to respond to the pandemic-related uptick in violence and trauma with projects that take a public health approach to violence prevention. The funds were part of a $45 million investment in public safety.

Gov. Evers provided a $5 million investment to help establish Concordia 27, a project to convert a vacant building in Milwaukee’s Near West Side into a community center.

Gov, Evers directed more than $200,000 to Milwaukee organizations helping veterans and their families. The nonprofits provide financial assistance, entrepreneurship training, or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.

Gov. Evers directed almost $20 million to Milwaukee County and the city of Milwaukee for criminal justice system initiatives and community safety projects to help reduce case backlog, integrate licensed mental health clinicians into the city of Milwaukee’s 911 dispatch center, and more.

Gov. Tony Evers sent more than $25 million in funding to the Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant for Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. These funds are to be used to address local challenges workers, families, and communities across Milwaukee county are facing, including housing and food insecurity, accessing quality, affordable childcare, and violence prevention.

Gov. Evers announced in Milwaukee in December that on top of the funds in the budget, his administration was investing $110 million towards Wisconsin’s schools. Milwaukee Public Schools will receive about $9.6 million of the new funds.

In Milwaukee, Gov. Evers announced a $3.5 million grant for the Port of Milwaukee to help the port expand and accommodate larger cruise ships.  The port’s grant is part of $21.9 million awarded to 27 local governments and organizations through the Tourism Capital Investment Grant Program, which will help boost the tourism industry across our state.

In March 2022, Governor Tony Evers announced $549,560 in grants to nonprofit organizations benefiting Wisconsin veterans and their families. So much of our strength as a state is our ability to work together to tackle challenges facing folks in our communities, and that includes our veterans.

  • Aurora Medical Group was awarded $25,000 to help expand services through their four support groups: art & music therapy, movement therapy, a veteran’s support group, and a home front support group.
  • Center for Veterans Issues was awarded $25,000 to help support their V.E.T. Woodshop which provides vocational, training, and therapeutic and employment. Center for Veterans Issues helps veterans recovering from addiction and provides housing and supportive services to help improve the quality of life for all veterans, their families, and the communities in which they live and serve.
  • Mental Health America of Wisconsin was awarded $24,560 to help support the operation of their peer-run warmline and increase the ability of the veteran warmline to respond to the anticipated increased demand, as well as to help veterans achieve wellness through healthier lives by promoting mental health as an essential element of wellness.
  • USO of Wisconsin was awarded $25,000 to help support their current programs and expansion programs at Fort McCoy to better serve the military and veterans along with their families.
  • War Memorial Center was awarded $25,000 to continue their mission to “honor the dead—serve the living.”
  • Wisconsin Veterans Network in West Allis was awarded $25,000 to support expenses for their VetsNet Intake, Assessment and Advocacy Programs, including Service Navigator salaries/benefits, emergency financial Assistance and outreach efforts as identified in the recently completed marketing strategy.