Hamilton Political Tidbits – September 21, 2022

Political Tidbits - September 21, 2022
September 21, 2022
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
Bits & Pieces:

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released a pair of profiles of the candidates for attorney general, incumbent Democrat Josh Kaul and Republican challenger Eric Toney.

  • The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) voted 4-2 to rescind a 2016 guidance document instructing local clerks to fill in missing information on absentee ballot witness certificates. A Waukesha County judge held that WEC’s guidance was not legal. His decision will be appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Read more.

  • On the first day of public school in Wisconsin, Gov. Evers announced his 2023-25 budget priorities for K-12 education. Following an estimate that the state will have a budget surplus of $5 billion next year, Gov. Evers promised to propose increasing K-12 spending by $2 billion in the next budget cycle if he is reelected.
State Agencies Submit 2023-25 Budget Requests
On September 15, Wisconsin state government agencies submitted requests for the next state budget to Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Administration. For the remainder of the year, DOA staff will work to develop a budget based on Gov. Evers’ instructions and agency requests. Notable budget requests from state government agencies are described here.

New Marquette Poll Forecasts Tight Statewide Races as Candidates Schedule Debates
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll, released September 14, shows a tight statewide race between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and his Republican challenger, construction executive Tim Michels. Among likely voters, 47 percent said they support Gov. Evers, while 44 percent support Michels.

PFAS Update: DNR Begins New Groundwater Rulemaking
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is renewing its efforts to set groundwater standards for specific compounds in the PFAS family. Gov. Evers approved a statement of scope describing the department’s plans to add public health-related groundwater standards for four PFAS.

Federal Officials Approve Wisconsin EV Infrastructure Plan
Federal officials have approved Wisconsin’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan, which outlines how the state will spend millions in federal funds. Over the five-year life of the federal EV infrastructure program, WisDOT anticipates receiving nearly $79 million, including $11.64 million in 2022.

Issue Updates: Election 2022 and PFAS
Visit the Hamilton Consulting Group Issue Update pages covering the 2022 elections, including which state legislators are retiring or seeking other offices, as well as PFAS in Wisconsin, including rules and legislation.

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