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PowerUp: Rep. Mark Born on Evers’ ‘liberal wish list’

MADISON — It looks like it will be deja vu for the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee after Gov. Evers unveiled his massive, $91 billion budget proposal stuffed with far left policy.

State Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), co-chair of the JFC, says it’s “pretty likely” the committee will have to do what it did with Evers’ first budget plan two years ago: Rebuild it from the ground up.

“This is just a giant liberal wish list. There’s just a ton of ridiculous policy in it, a huge tax increase, massive spending,” Born told Empower Wisconsin Thursday on the Vicki McKenna Show. “It’s even worse than the last Evers budget, which we tossed out all of the policy and started working from a base budget. I think it’s pretty likely that’s the same position we’ll end up in again. We don’t really have a choice with this massive mess he sent us.”

Born, a former law enforcement official, also shared his thoughts on Evers’ call to legalize marijuana and the governor’s revolving prison door, criminal-justice reform initiatives. And he said the Senate’s passage Thursday of a bill that would give Evers the tools to begin fixing the dysfunctional Department of Workforce Development’s IT system demands the governor first use federal COVID relief funding before breaking the state piggybank.

Rep. Mark Born is our guest today on PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.

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