MADISON, Wis. — State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance, in a statement, was critical of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget cuts.

“Within the same week of state agencies submitting budget requests that sought over $750 million in increased spending, Gov. Evers announced $301 million in onetime cuts,” Nygren said. “Gov. Evers administration is also telling private sector businesses to take a haircut to help balance the state budget. Again, Gov. Evers’ priority is government over taxpayers.”

Nygren said, last Tuesday, state agency’s GPR budget requests totaled over $750 million. On Friday, Gov. Evers’ administration sent a letter to lessors asking them to give the state a break on its rent saying, “the State of Wisconsin has experienced significant declining revenues resulting in a substantial budget shortfall.” In August, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported that tax collections for the 2019-20 fiscal year were down 0.6%, or $112.6 million, compared to previous estimates.

“The ‘education’ governor is once again pounding education with budget cuts,” Nygren said. “Nearly one-third of Gov. Evers’ cuts are from education, mostly the UW System. Gov. Evers should also be thanking President Trump for the additional federal match that gave the state the ability to save $120 million in state Medicaid funding.”