Help shape a bold People’s Budget 

It’s clear: Wisconsinites want a People’s Budget with bold, forward-thinking policies that protect our environment, boost our economy, and defend public health.

At the People’s Budget listening session on the environment, economy, and infrastructure, last week hundreds of people attended to speak up for a budget that prioritizes our shared values – providing access to clean drinking water, bolstering our economy and using the clean energy sector to create new jobs, and protecting our health from the impacts of pollution.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can send a message to Gov. Evers to share your story and tell him why you think Wisconsin needs to pass a bold People’s Budget.

2020 has been a difficult year in our state and across the country. To revive our economy, protect public health, and get Wisconsin back on track, we need a state budget that is sustainable and forward looking—focusing on creating clean energy jobs, valuing science, and making sure everyone has access to safe drinking water.

But for the governor’s budget to truly be a People’s Budget, he needs to hear from you! Use the suggested language below to help craft your message to Gov. Evers today.

Hurry! The window for submitting your comment is closing. All comments need to be received by the end of the year to be considered.

Thanks for helping to shape the People’s Budget!

Instructions: Use the text below to help shape your message to Gov. Evers. You can copy and paste it in full into the “Share your opinions with Governor Evers” line, or you can add your story—personal stories are impactful for elected officials.

 

Suggested text to copy/paste:

Dear Governor Evers,

I ask you to propose a People’s Budget that provides access to clean drinking water, bolsters our economy, by prioritizing clean energy to create new jobs, and protects our health from the impacts of pollution. 

This past year has been difficult in our state and across the country. We need a state budget that is sustainable and forward looking—focusing on creating clean energy jobs, valuing science, and making sure everyone has access to safe drinking water

Specifically, I ask you to propose a People’s Budget that focuses on the following:

Tackling the social and environmental inequalities in our communities will be essential to truly improving public health and our economy.

–Support the creation of an Office of Environmental Justice tasked with collaborating across state agencies and engaging with environmental justice advocates, communities of color, tribal nations, and low-income communities. The Office will design policies that will directly address environmental harms that unfairly burden these communities.

Everyone deserves clean air to breathe and a safe climate. The pandemic has made it clear how air pollution and climate change can cause additional harm to people with respiratory diseases, as well as vulnerable populations like kids and the elderly.

–Support the Governor’s Climate Change Task Force recommendations.

–Increase funding for the Focus on Energy program to help families save money on their energy bills while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. A sustainable budget that is good for our pocketbooks must prioritize energy efficiency.

–Invest in jobs and workforce training in the solar and wind industries and other green sectors to help revitalize our economy and get people back to work.

–Support a transportation sector that is efficient, effective, and increases access for residents to electric vehicles, public transit, and walking and biking, which can decrease transportation costs while reducing emissions and improving air quality.  

–Restore resilient ecosystems and protect peoples’ homes from flooding by increasing the use of green infrastructure.

–Boost a healthy economy with a green grants and green jobs pilot program that grows our workforce while valuing sustainability.

Everyone deserves access to clean, safe drinking water. The failure of last session to address water quality issues in the state opens the door to bigger and bolder ideas and a vision for Wisconsin.

–Value science and the professionals we entrust to protect our natural resources. Get the lead out of drinking water to protect our children’s health.

–Support protections from harmful PFAS chemicals, which are linked to health issues like cancer.

–Tackle nitrate contamination from agriculture runoff by increasing well testing, well replacement and filtration, and incentivizing conservation practices that will help our farmers grow crops while protecting drinking water for their neighbors.

–Protect and enhance lands with investments in the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to protect public land, urban and rural tree planting, and restoring funds to our State Parks System for all Wisconsin residents to enjoy.  

Thank you for considering a People’s Budget with bold, forward-thinking policies that protects our environment, boosts our economy, and defends public health. 

Sincerely,

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