The Joint Finance Committee plans to vote to scrap Governor Evers’ state budget, including many important water and climate change initiatives. The Governor’s budget proposals are essential to help Wisconsin families and sustain a strong economy.
Amid a global pandemic, Clean Wisconsin was pleased to see investments in clean water, climate change, and initiatives focused on equity and healthy communities in the Governor’s budget proposals. These important items need to be preserved and prioritized in the state budget.
Today, the leaders of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee plan to vote to automatically remove key aspects of Gov. Evers’ clean water, energy, and climate equity proposals, like:
- Protections from PFAS pollution, and assurances that responsible parties will be held accountable for that pollution.
- The creation of an Office of Environmental Justice and the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.
- Increased investments in the state’s successful energy efficiency program, Focus on Energy; and dedicated bill support for low-income households.
- Financial support for local government planning for climate change resiliency.
- Requirement to consider a social cost of carbon for new utility projects.
Gov. Evers’ budget shows a commitment to protecting public health, cleaning up drinking water, and addressing climate change. By gutting these key provisions without debating them in committee, Republican legislators are sending a clear message: protecting drinking water and curbing climate change is not important.
Your voice is critical to support these key clean water and energy provisions and keep them in the state budget.
Tell the Joint Finance Committee and your elected officials: Restore Gov. Evers’ clean water and energy budget items!