Evers to deliver 2023–25 budget message tonight

Gov. Tony Evers will deliver his 2023–25 Biennial Budget Message in the Assembly Chambers tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The governor’s speech will be livestreamed on his YouTube channel and Facebook page.

After delivering his 2023 State of the State address last month, Evers tonight will expand on his plans to maintain the economy’s momentum, bolster the state’s workforce, build safe, reliable infrastructure, and invest in kids, schools, and communities.

An excerpt from the governor’s prepared address includes comments about workforce and the state economy:

“We have to continue harnessing local innovators and ingenuity to maintain our economic momentum and retain and recruit talented workers to build a workforce for the future. And building an economy from the ground up starts with investing in our Main Streets, our communities, and our local partners.

“So, I announced last month we’re continuing our successful Main Street Bounceback program — and that’s great news. This program has already helped revitalize our Main Streets and move more than 8,500 businesses into vacant storefronts across our state.

“But I also recognize that, when it comes to bolstering our workforce, no two communities’ needs are alike. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to our state’s workforce challenges. We trust our local innovators, communities, business, and economic development partners know best what they need to support a strong, successful workforce and bring new workers to their area. They might need more high-quality child care providers, they might need more clinics and accessible health care, or to expand job training in high-demand industries — we must meet those unique needs, whatever they may be.”