The Brillion News
Posted on April 29, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.
MADISON – The secretary of the state Department of Administration, Joel Brennan, has told state government agencies to cut operations by five percent for the fiscal year 2019-2020.
The action won praise from Republican leaders usually critical of the governor’s administration.
“While we don’t know the complete picture for the state’s finances yet, we know it’s not going to be good,” said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. “This is a smart, proactive move by the administration. As we begin work to manage this impending fiscal crisis in Wisconsin, it’s good to see that we’re already on the same page.”
Vos said the second year of the biennial budget, 2020-2021, needs to be addressed quickly as well. It begins on July 1, 2020.
“We believe another prudent move might be to freeze the second year of the budget so that Wisconsin can plan accordingly,” Vos said.
State Representative Ron Tusler, R-Harrison, said he decided not to hire additional staff in March, even though another staff position was authorized.
“I support Republicans’ call for a spending freeze to the second year of the Wisconsin biennial budget,” Tusler said. “Further, I appreciate Governor Evers’ five percent reduction, too.”
The co-chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, State Representative Jon Nygren, R-Marinette, said even deeper cuts in state spending are likely.
“If Governor Evers is going to require businesses around the state to remain shuttered, it is only fair that the state government also take a cut,” Nygren said. “I anticipate that this will be the first of many actions like this.”