MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers this week will host the final virtual Badger Bounceback live session to discuss his 2021-23 budget proposal. The session will cover topics such as investing in stewardship, making public lands more accessible, addressing water issues, combatting climate change and protecting the state’s natural resources.
Wisconsinites are invited to register to attend here. The live session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, will also be live streamed and available to watch any time on the governor’s YouTube channel.
“We have a responsibility to our kids and to future generations to deliver on our promise to leave them with a better world than the one we inherited,” Evers said Monday in a news release. “That’s why our Badger Bounceback agenda makes critical investments and builds upon the work of our Task Force on Climate Change, because our state’s ability to not only bounce back but propel forward depends on our ability to build a more sustainable future for our state and for our economy.”
The proposed Badger Bounceback's climate component would:
Advance a suite of administrative rules for the first time in nearly a decade to address water contaminants;
Provide roughly $25 million for monitoring, testing, and remediation of PFAS contamination in our water and establishing and enforcing PFAS environmental standards;
Reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program for another decade at $70 million annually;
Continue a commitment to make Wisconsin 100% carbon-free by 2050 by working with the Public Service Commission and utilities to improve the state’s energy production;
Help make homes, schools, and businesses more energy efficient with an additional $100 million generated for the Focus on Energy program;
Expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and
Create and fund new grant programs to support farmer-led innovation to address local water issues, prevent water contamination, and transition to more sustainable farming practices.