Madison, WI… Rep. Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua) released the following statement after Governor Evers delivered his State of the State Address.

“Tonight, Governor Evers delivered his annual State of the State Address. The Governor highlighted the state’s work with farmers through the Farm Support Program. The farm support program was a good use of federal COVID-19 relief funds, and we’ve seen the benefits of this program in the 96th District. I was happy to champion this agenda with my fellow Southwestern Wisconsin legislators.

“Access to high-speed, reliable and affordable Internet is important to the state of Wisconsin, especially in rural areas. I commend Governor Evers for allocating more than $100 million in federal relief funds for broadband expansion in Wisconsin. This is in addition to what Legislative Republicans allocated in the biennial budget; an investment of nearly $125 million.

“Governor Evers has mentioned that he would like to spend the state’s projected $3.8 billion surplus on $150 checks to Wisconsin residents, with the remaining amount going to child care and $750 million dollars in additional funding for education. I support the allocation of Wisconsin’s projected surplus in the next budget cycle, this allows every Wisconsinite to have a say in how these funds are distributed.

“Wisconsin is back to pre-pandemic unemployment rates and is actually at a lower unemployment rate than in 2019, with an unemployment rate of 2.8%. That’s a big number for the Wisconsin workforce. I sincerely believe that if it weren’t for the action of the State Legislature, challenging Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, the state’s workforce would not be where it is. is today, with better levels than before the pandemic.

“The 2021-2023 Wisconsin State Budget, crafted by Legislative Republicans, included a historic $3 billion tax cut for Wisconsin families and businesses. These tax cuts are great for the success of our state, I’m glad the Legislative Republicans were able to present a fiscally responsible budget that was passed with bipartisan support and signed by the Governor.