By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — As Wisconsinites face price spikes not seen since the early 1980s, Gov. Tony Evers’ agency heads are asking for a combined $7.5 billion in increased taxpayer money, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Reforming Government.
The 2023-25 budgets requests submitted this month by state departments seek a nearly 9.3 percent total increase from the current biennial budget — a full percentage point higher than the 8.3 percent annual inflation rate notched in August.
The latest report from IRG’s policy experts provides an overview of some of the more outrageous funding requests.