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Gov. Evers to give budget address, unveil 2023-25 budget proposal on Feb. 15

Governor Evers is scheduled to give his 2023-25 state budget address next Wednesday evening, Feb. 15 before a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly in the state Capitol. The speech will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly chambers.

At that time, the governor will unveil and highlight his budget proposal, which by law will then be introduced by the Joint Finance Committee. That will mark the start of several months of legislative discussion and debate over the state’s next biennial (or two-year) budget.  If all goes as planned. that discussion and debate will result in passage of the budget bill in late June or early July. (more…)

USDA proposes significant changes to school meal standards.

Last Friday (Feb. 3), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is proposing significant changes to standards governing school meals. The changes are aimed at making the meals healthier, with a particular emphasis on reducing sugar and salt. 

A 60-day public comment period on the proposal starts tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb.7).   The proposed changes are the product of a multiyear effort, and were developed with input from school nutrition professionals, public health experts, industry and parents, according to a USDA statement