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.
Back in early September 2022, Gov. Evers, along with State Superintendent Jill Underly, welcomed students back to the new school year, and released key provisions of the DPI’s 2023-25 budget request that would be included in the education plan Gov. Evers’ would propose as part of his budget.
In September, Gov. Evers said, “Budgets are about priorities, and that’s why building our biennial budget always begins for me with doing what’s best for our kids, and we know our kids, families, and schools need our help now more than ever to get caught up, get more educators and staff in our classrooms, and ensure every kid has the support and resources they need to be successful.”
A news release issued at the time outlined a number of items in the DPI budget request expected to be included in the governor’s budget proposal.
It will be interesting to see the governor will propose any additions to the DPI proposal given continued upward revisions in the estimated size of the state’s projected surplus, which now stands at a record $7.1 billion amount.