Governor Evers gets public input on budget in Oshkosh

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Governor Tony Evers brought his budget listening tour to Oshkosh Tuesday night ahead of a meeting tomorrow with Republican leaders he hopes will lead to some compromises.

Governor-elect Tony Evers addresses a forum on state budget priorities at UW-Green Bay on Dec. 11, 2018 (WBAY photo)

As part of a continuous effort to get feedback on his proposed budget, Governor Evers sat down with voters in Oshkosh.

Many had concerns ranging from health care to fixing roads.

"I hope that we have movement on the infrastructure and transportation. It's very important. I'm very concerned about education," said Jan Keene of Neenah.

Melanie Bloechl of Oshkosh said, "I've worked in health care for 25 years, and our health care system is completely broken, and I'd like to know what I can do to help, how I can get involved in fixing it, and what his plans are to address some of the issues."

However, Republican lawmakers control the Legislature, and right now the governor is at odds with them over spending proposals in the budget and a number of policy issues which were also included.

"We've talked about the budget. We continue to. We'll meet occasionally. I'm having a meeting with them tomorrow, and we talk about budget items, but I would say at this point in time there isn't a clear path to common ground, but we'll get there," said Evers.

The budget Republicans pass might even be completely different from the budget the governor proposed.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said, "We will pass a budget regardless. The state legislature will pass a budget by the end of June. The only question is where we go from there, how much the governor is going to veto."

The state's budget committee is also conducting listening sessions.

The next one is Wednesday, April 24, at UW-Green Bay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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