Hamilton Political Tidbits – February 8, 2023

Political Tidbits - February 8, 2023
February 8, 2023
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
Bits & Pieces:

  • Gov. Tony Evers will deliver his 2023-25 budget address and unveil his executive budget proposal next Wednesday, February 15. A special edition of Political Tidbits will cover his proposals the following day. In his fifth annual State of the State address last month, Gov. Evers previewed over $1 billion in spending proposals on child care, mental health, PFAS, and workforce and economic development.

  • Just this week, Gov. Evers announced his budget will propose increasing state aid to municipalities and counties by dedicating 20 percent of the state’s sales tax revenue to shared revenue. The revenue would fund existing aid payments while providing increases in public safety and general aid to local governments.

  • The governor’s proposal will also permit municipalities and counties to each impose an additional 0.5 percent sales tax. In Milwaukee County, it would allow a one percent sales tax with revenue divided evenly between the city and county.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Race: Endorsements, Fundraising
Currently, judicial conservatives enjoy a 4-3 majority on Wisconsin’s elected supreme court. Justice Patience Roggensack, a judicial conservative, is not seeking reelection, creating a vacancy which will decide control of the court. Four candidates are facing off in the primary election on February 21. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election on April 4. Here are the latest fundraising figures and endorsements for each candidate.

Kirsten Johnson Appointed DHS Secretary as Agency Releases State Health Plan, Equity Report
On Monday, Gov. Evers announced the appointment of Kirsten Johnson as secretary of the Department of Health Services. Most recently, Johnson was the Milwaukee Commissioner of Health for two years and previously spent 10 years as the director and health officer of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department.

PFAS Update: Senate Natural Resources Committee Holds Informational Hearing
The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy held a public hearing on PFAS on January 31. The hearing was for information only and featured select speakers invited by committee chair Sen. Rob Cowles. During the hearing, Sen. Cowles stated that the Legislature will take some kind of action on PFAS this session.

Wisconsin School Bus Association Holds Successful Legislative Day
Last week, the Wisconsin School Bus Association held a successful legislative day in Madison. Members walked the halls of the Capitol to educate legislators and staff on the issues facing Wisconsin's school transportation providers, such as illegal passing and workforce shortages.
Congratulations, Rob!
The team here at Hamilton Consulting would like to recognize our friend Brigadier General Rob Palmer, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at WPS Health Solutions. Brigadier General Palmer officially retired from military service at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina last week surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues from the military and WPS. Rebecca Hogan from the Hamilton team was able to attend the ceremonies. Congratulations, Rob, and thank you for your service to our country.
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