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Evers delivers theft-ridden State of the State

Empower Wisconsin | Feb. 15,  2022

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — State Sen. Alberta Darling put it best. 

“If Governor Evers didn’t steal Republican ideas, he wouldn’t have much of a speech at all,” the River Hills Republican said following Gov. Tony Evers’ theft-ridden State of the State Address Tuesday before the state Legislature and assembled government officials. 

Evers’ shamelessly took credit for a Republican-built budget that delivered the largest tax cuts in state history. And he claimed responsibility for a projected $3.8 billion surplus that was the product of unprecedented federal aid and legislative conservatives checking the Democrat’s tax-and-spend inclinations. 

While he took a bow for a tax cut and surplus that aren’t his, Evers’ blamed businesses for soaring inflation that is devouring personal income. He insists “they’ve squeezed consumers for every extra penny, raising everyday costs for folks in Wisconsin and across our country.” 

Said the governor who crippled and closed businesses through his lockdown orders. Said the governor who forced hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites out of work and into his Department of Workforce Development’s dysfunctional Unemployment Insurance system. 

Republican lawmakers said Evers’ attack on employers was as absurd as the governor taking credit for the billions of dollars in tax cuts.   

“It’s disappointing that the Governor used his State of the State Address to take credit for all the Republican accomplishments of the past year that he actively fought against,” said state Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), co-chair of the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee that re-built Evers’ bloated budget proposal from the ground up.  

“Governor Evers proposed increasing taxes by over $1 billion, and when Republicans passed a $3.4 billion tax cut, he vetoed over $1 billion of this relief for our families and local businesses.”

Evers bragged about the billions of dollars in federal COVID relief he has sole authority in spending, and how quickly he’s allocated those funds to small businesses, farmers, the tourism industry and more. But allocations aren’t expenditures. The Legislative Audit Bureau is launching an audit into Evers’ handling of the nearly $5 billion in federal pandemic aid he controls. An auditor’s report showed he had only actually spent about a third of the current round of American Rescue Plan Act funds in his possession, as of last month. Evers’ critics have said the governor is using the federal taxpayer money like an unregulated re-election campaign fund. 

“Now, Tony Evers’ COVID response centers on handing out giant, cardboard checks using the federal tax dollars borrowed against our kids and grandkids’ futures,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) said. “He promised to “get the money out the door” as quickly as possible but, now nine months later, he still has nearly a billion dollars left in his Madison bank account.”

As LeMahieu and people who understand economic forces point out, it’s the massive, irresponsible government spending and unrestrained printing of that money that’s driving up inflation to rates not seen in 40 years. And environmentally extreme policies pushed by liberals like Evers and President Biden are jacking up prices at the pumps and the costs to heat homes. 

Not content with his billions of dollars in federal funds, Evers now wants to tap into the projected state budget surplus and hand out election-year bribes — $150 “tax rebates” to everyone in Wisconsin, taxpayer or not. A family of four would get $600 from revenue that, contrary to Evers’ assertions, is not just sitting in a fund. 

“The Evers’ spending spree is a blatant attempt to repay political cronies and convince voters that he isn’t responsible for the losses we all suffered,” said state Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville). 

The governor claimed the state of the state is stronger than it was when he began his term three-plus years ago. Tell that to the people of Kenosha, who watched a large portion of their city busted up and burned by looters Evers’ was slow to check. Tell that to the citizens of Milwaukee who live in war zones in part because this soft-on-crime governor refuses to hold accountable his liberal criminal justice allies, like Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. 

“While crime is skyrocketing across the state, he has no plans to make us feel safer in our homes,” said state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). “He lamented his inability to accomplish ‘justice reform,’ another way of lamenting that Wisconsin isn’t more like Illinois, California and New York. The solution isn’t weaker criminal penalties, defunding the police, prosecuting fewer crimes, or eliminating cash bail.”

“Now, as the Waukesha Parade massacre is still fresh in our minds, Governor Evers is doing nothing to hold repeat offenders or DA John Chisholm accountable,” LeMahieu said.”The soft-on-crime bail policies plaguing our state have put car thefts and murders in Milwaukee on pace to break records. Governor Evers refuses to act while people around the state suffer. That is not the strong leadership Wisconsin needs.”

The governor claims he’ll be working to “find common ground.” Why would he start now. Republican have learned form experience that cooperation with conservatives is the last thing on Evers’ to-do list, especially this election year 

Republican leadership doesn’t sound too interested in working with the governor on his long list of far-left agenda items in an attempt shore up his abysmal polling numbers. 

“During the final months of session, Republicans will continue to block Governor Evers’ liberal agenda, strengthen our election integrity, and ensure the state moves forward without expanding welfare, overspending or raising taxes,” said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). 

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2 thoughts on “Evers delivers theft-ridden State of the State

  • $150 does nothing and is meaningless. All this is, is a political ploy and it does not matter which party pulls it. And it is so obvious what it is. I do not believe citizens are this gullible to believe that $150 is a god send. What does it get you? Think about that for a moment. Evers is wrong totally wrong to even suggest this at this time in the budget cycle. Too bad we can not get qualified people to be in public office that understand economics in particular.

  • Leave it to a Dem to steal and lie. It doesn’t really make sense to me for the state to refund the taxpayers $150 and then next year have a budget shortfall and then have to raise taxes. But of course the tax increase will come after the election

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