Evers Proposes $150 Checks Under Plan To Spend Surplus


(Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers unveiled an election-year plan Thursday that would send $150 refund checks to every Wisconsin resident, bolster funding for K-12 schools and help defray child care costs.

But don’t go spending those refund checks just yet.

Evers’ plan would have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to take effect. Republican leaders on Wednesday said they want to use the money for a tax cut in 2023 — when they hope there is a Republican governor.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu flatly rejected the proposal Thursday.

“Senate Republicans will not gamble with a projected state surplus to fund Tony Evers’ re-election gimmicks,” he said in a statement.

Evers said his plan was about returning taxpayers’ money to them — an argument often used by Republicans to justify cutting taxes.

“This not a reelection thing for me,” Evers said at a news conference in the Capitol surrounded by Democratic lawmakers and members of his Cabinet. “We should be bringing this back to the people, real simple.”

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