By Bill Osmulski, MacIver Institute
MADISON — Wisconsin is facing many challenges, but for Gov. Tony Evers, there’s no question about what needs to be the top priority.
“We have to make sure that we’re making equity and inclusion the most important issue in state government,” Evers said during the Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion meeting on Feb. 19, 2021.
Evers didn’t come up with that idea on his own. It’s the same Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) agenda liberals everywhere are pushing. Some call this “being woke.”
Diversity and inclusion might sound good at first, but to liberals those words are only tools in first demonizing and then fundamentally transforming America. They give a hint at their ultimate goal when bringing up equity.
Equity is not to be confused with equality, which means ensuring everyone has the same opportunities. Equity is the opposite of equality. Americans have long enshrined the idea of equality, believing that all people are created equal, with unalienable rights given to us by our creator. Equity, on the other hand, means everyone has the same outcomes, an idea rooted in communism, which is currently manifesting itself in America as Critical Race theory.
Evers’ equity and inclusion agenda is how he hopes to implement those policies in Wisconsin. He’s been working on this agenda for years, and since becoming governor, Evers is in a position to reshape state government according to that ideology.
2021-23 Budget Cycle
At the start of the current budget process, Evers instructed his state agency heads to make equity and inclusion a central theme in their budget requests. His final budget proposal released earlier this year includes over $50 million for equity and inclusion initiatives.
Just within the governor’s office itself, Evers wants to spend $5.2 million a year on his “Wisconsin for All” program. It would create a new cabinet level position for a chief equity officer. The program would fund a “diversity, equity and inclusion conference,” a fellowship program, and a “progress summit.” “Wisconsin for All,” would also set aside $232,800 a year for an “Equal Opportunity Paid Internship Program.”
Every state agency would add an equity officer position. To accommodate that, some agencies plan to reallocate existing positions and funds. For others, it could mean an additional expense of up to $81,000 a year. Every agency already has an equity and inclusion officer, but it’s currently an additional duty assignment, not a full-time position.
“A diverse, equitable, and inclusive government and society benefits all of us,” Evers wrote in his budget.