• Improves mental health treatment in our state by: (1) funding a portion of the non-federal share of the Medicaid Crisis Intervention benefit with $13.3 million; (2) allowing the Crisis Program Enhancement grants to be used to establish or expand a crisis program; (3) providing $500,000 for the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program; (4) providing $100,000 for suicide prevention activities; (5) expanding the definition of crisis to include any crisis not just a mental health crisis; and (6) increases reimbursement levels by providing $500,000 for mental health professions related to clinical consultations.
• Fully funds the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan to stabilize the individual healthcare market and lower premiums for Wisconsinites by providing $200 million to reinsure high-cost individuals across all healthcare exchanges.
• Makes significant investments into treatment for Wisconsin's youth by providing an additional $44 million to expand the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center by 50 beds.
• Addresses long-standing safety issues at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute by providing 51 additional positions and $11.3 million over the biennium to better manage the intake process at the facility.
• Makes important investments in Wisconsin’s rural healthcare providers by increasing funding by $9.9 million for the Rural Critical Care Hospital Supplement.
• Streamlines the application process for children’s long-term care supports programs for children with intellectual or physical disabilities by implementing a statewide contract for intake, application, and screening functions.
• Provides $2.5 million over the biennium to increase reimbursement rates for dental services that are provided under Medicaid to individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities.
• Expands dental access, provides additional coverage option, and increases funding levels for the Seal-A-Smile program by providing $2 million over the biennium.
• Invests $14.2 million in lead testing and abatement and begins to address the issue of childhood lead poisoning.
• Provides $1.7 million over the biennium for 8 additional dementia care specialists and 1 tribal dementia care specialist in Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
• Increases funding by nearly 5 percent annually for health screening services through the Wisconsin Well Woman Program.
• Provides $1 million over the biennium for grants to free and charitable clinics and community health centers.
• Invests in the ombudsman program in the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care to address the increasing caseload of persons age 60 and older who are consumers of Wisconsin long-term care programs.
• Increases funding by $1.5 million over the biennium for the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove to provide supplemental nursing resources to the homes that care for Wisconsin veterans who need a nursing home level of care.
• Provides nearly $30 million, the largest state-funded increase ever, to support programs for Wisconsin veterans.
• Permanently supports the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program, which connects veterans to community services and provides case management and support to veterans who have a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder.
• Provides $1.8 million over the biennium to fully fund a peer-run respite center for veterans, which will provide peer support services and hospital diversion services at no cost to veterans struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder.
• Provides $3.9 million over the biennium to fully fund a youth crisis stabilization facility that will provide residential mental health services to children whose needs are greater than what is available in their community but not severe enough to warrant commitment to an institution.
• Provides $100,000 for a science-based public outreach effort related to vaccinations.
• Invests $2 million to expand the family medicine residency program of the Medical College of Wisconsin to support new faculty positions to increase the number of residents in the program, and ultimately retain more physicians in the state.
• Continues our commitment to the Medical College of Wisconsin by providing $10 million in bonding authority for a new cancer research center that will allow the college to hire additional researchers, develop new therapies, and expand and consolidate laboratories, with the goal of bringing cancer cures to Wisconsin residents.
• Provides $7.5 million over the biennium to support programming that will directly reduce homelessness across the state.
• Provides $640,000 of tribal gaming revenue to fund architectural plans for a 36-bed residential facility to treat addiction in youth, primarily youth in Wisconsin tribes, which is being developed by the Stockbridge-Munsee and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.
Safe and Just Communities
• Increases the private bar rate for the Office of the State Public Defender, for the first time since 1992, from $40 per hour to $70 per hour to provide our citizens with prompt representation and save our counties money.
• Provides over 60 new full-time assistant district attorneys across the state, which is the first time the state has created any new full-time GPR-funded positions since 2007.
• Invests in the State Crime Lab at the Department of Justice by providing it with 7.4 FTE positions to address long-standing backlogs that were previously ignored.
• Provides $1.5 million in additional funding for our successful Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program, taking it to its highest funding level ever at over $13 million over the biennium.
• Increases funding for our Opening Avenues to Reentry Success (OARS) program to expand it to 51 counties and by an additional 50 individuals.
• Invests in our correctional facilities to ensure they have the staffing necessary to carry out their duties to adequately staff newly created programs and reduce overtime.
• Provides funding to work towards meeting the state’s obligations to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake schools and moving youth into the least restrictive appropriate setting as soon as practicable.
What’s Best for Kids
• Doubles state support for school mental health programs over the biennium to provide increased access to professionals to assist children in our schools in need.
• Provides nearly $330 million, the largest nominal dollar increase in state general aid since the 2005-07 biennium.
• Increases state special education categorical aid funding for the first time since 2008-09 by providing over $95 million over the biennium in additional state support.
• Provides over a quarter of our lower-spending school districts the ability to increase their revenues if they choose without having to go to referendum.
• Provides the largest revenue limit adjustment for all school districts in a decade, which, over the biennium, provides districts with an increase in spending flexibility that is larger than all revenue limit increases over the prior eight years combined.
• Through my vetoes this budget will increase per pupil state categorical aids by nearly $100 million over the biennium.
• Increases the state share of the school day milk program for the first time in more than a decade, which reimburses school districts for serving milk to students daily.
• Doubles state support for robotics league participation grants, which helped 180 middle school and high school teams across the state offset the cost of fees, kits and supplies necessary to participate in robotics competitions, to $500,000 annually.
• Provides $1.4 million over the biennium for the Wisconsin Reading Corps, which provides one-on-one reading tutoring to our youngest students, particularly in Milwaukee, where achievement gaps persist.
• Increases high cost transportation aid for rural districts by $1.6 million over the biennium to raise reimbursement rates to 90 percent of eligible costs.
• Enhances our rural teacher talent program, which provided placements, stipends and/or travel reimbursement to approximately 700 student teachers last year, by providing $2 million in additional funding over the biennium.
• Further increases school library aids by $5.7 million over the biennium, which will help school districts purchase books, instructional materials, library computers and software.
• Increases state aid for our Very Special Arts and Special Olympics programs by 33 percent over their existing funding levels.
• Invests $5.5 million over the biennium to support work-based learning for high school students, where demand for our local youth apprenticeship program continues to grow – the number of participating students has increased 94 percent over the past five years.
• Doubles state support by providing $3 million annually for school districts to continue to increase offerings for career and technical education as the number of claims for these grants more than doubled from 2014 to 2018.
• Provides $1 million over the biennium to assist school districts in purchasing equipment for advanced manufacturing classes and programs.
• Increases funding for county-run child welfare programs by more than $30 million over the biennium, the largest increase in history.
• Provides over $85 million over the biennium to support increases to the Wisconsin Shares child care program.
• Provides $1.4 million in targeted investment over the biennium for improved child care options in the poorest zip code of the state, 53206 in Milwaukee.
• More than doubles the amount of funding to the Boys and Girls Clubs to expand the BE GREAT: Graduate program by providing $2.7 million in each year to help more Wisconsin students graduate.
• Provides an increase of $2.25 million over the biennium to support county child support agencies in their work to establish and enforce child support orders.
Higher Education and Workforce
• Increases state general aid for the Wisconsin Technical College System by $25 million, the largest nominal increase since at least 1993.
• Trains offenders for reentry and employment by providing funding from Wisconsin Fast Forward to the Department of Corrections that could be used for institutional job centers and mobile classrooms.
• Commits over $1 billion in bonding authority, the largest nominal increase ever, to modernize aging University of Wisconsin buildings and improve learning environments, which will help the system attract and retain students, faculty, and researchers.
• Provides $45 million over the biennium to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System for capacity building initiatives, while continuing to freeze resident undergraduate tuition to keep higher education affordable and mitigate student debt. Additionally, this investment in the UW will help the system use innovative programs to enroll more students and produce more graduates in high-demand fields.
• Continues to support worker training activities to boost Wisconsin’s economy through our Fast Forward program and investing in Project SEARCH, which supports collaboration among school districts and local businesses that provide training and education youth with disabilities need to obtain employment.
Agriculture, Tourism and Economic Development
• Provides $48 million throughout the biennium, the largest amount ever, to expand the Broadband Expansion Grant program to reach more underserved areas of the state.
• Recognizes that the dairy industry is a critical part of our state's economy, which is why this budget invests $8.8 million over the biennium in a Dairy Innovation Hub at the University of Wisconsin System. This investment will draw top dairy farming researchers to our state, and ultimately help our dairy farmers grow their businesses.
• Provides $750,000 annually for farmers to engage in best management practices under the producer led watershed protection grant program.
• Provides additional staffing and equipment to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to speed up the approval process for growers of industrial hemp.
• Provides an additional $200,000 for the successful Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program to continue to promote the sale of Wisconsin foods to local buyers.
• Invests $100,000 to further research on chronic wasting disease in our state.
• Creates an automatic license renewal option for hunters and anglers.
• Creates a new Office of Outdoor Recreation at the Department of Tourism, which will enhance our state's outdoor economy by promoting outdoor activities and building partnerships with outdoor-related businesses.
• Provides $1.6 million over the biennium for the Department of Tourism to conduct marketing and directs resources to tourism video production, which is critical in raising our profile as a tourism destination; tourism had a $21.6 billion impact on our economy in 2018.
• Provides more than $465 million overall for transportation projects across the state, mirroring the vast majority of my proposals, and makes significant progress towards sustainable funding for transportation with the largest dedication of new, ongoing revenue to the transportation fund in a generation.
• Invests more ongoing revenue than ever before in our transportation infrastructure, while at the same time maintaining bonding at our lowest level in the last 20 years. Commitment of new, ongoing revenue will allow more dollars to go to roadway users instead of bond holders.
• Invests $320 million in additional funding for our State Highway Rehabilitation program, as I proposed, to continue maintaining this critical piece of our infrastructure.
• Provides $75 million in flexible funding for transportation and transit projects that best meet local needs.
• Provides an historic 10 percent increase ($66 million over the biennium) in available funding for general transportation aids, paid to counties, towns, villages, and cities.
• Invests in badly needed state support for our tribal transit aids, paratransit aids, seniors with disability aids, and mass transit aids at significantly higher levels than in recent years.
• Enumerates two important interstate highway projects in the southeastern and northeastern portions of our state.
• Finishes off the Zoo Interchange project as it was designed.
• Provides additional necessary bonding authority for passenger and freight rail preservation along with additional funding to repair railway crossings in our state.
• Continues to invest in our harbor assistance and aeronautics air traffic control system to fund harbor and airport improvements.
Tax Fairness
• Along with AB 251, a bipartisan proposal, provides $518 million in individual income tax relief in the form of income tax rate reductions targeting lower and middle income earners.
• Provides a meaningful, progressive shift in the state’s individual income tax structure that we will seek to build upon in the future. Overall, approximately 92 percent of these income tax cuts for non-married filers will go to filers with adjusted gross income below $100,000 annually and 76 percent of tax cuts for married-joint filers will go to filers with adjusted gross income below $150,000.
• Typical middle class single filers will see an income tax reduction of approximately $136 annually while middle class married-joint filers will see a reduction of $182 annually when the tax rate reductions are fully implemented in tax year 2020.
• Keeps property taxes affordable for Wisconsin homeowners by aligning changes with estimated inflation.
Clean Communities
• Enhances science staffing at the Department of Natural Resources by providing an additional 2.0 FTE SEG science positions to research water and sources of contamination.
• Further enhances our work on addressing PFAS by providing $150,000 to develop a model to identify and prioritize sites with likely PFAS contamination.